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Thank You for Your ServiceT The Seattle Times and Minneapolis Star TribuneNo journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel In The Good Soldiers his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad Finkel embedded with the men of theInfantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous “surge” a grueling fifteen month tour that changed them all foreverIn Thank You for Your Service Finkel follows many of those same men as they return home and struggle to reintegrate―both into their family lives and into American society at large He is with them in their most intimate. An incredible book which I really found offered an upsetting insight into the hardship suffered not just by America's soldiers but even so by their families and loved ones Not sure the Pentagon will be too pleased as the support offered to those who have served their country and are suffering as much mental pain as physical don't seem to be as well cared for after the battles as they were prior to and during the conflict Thank you for your service should be compulsory reading for the top brass These guys deserve a lot than sympathy from readers
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Winner of for Your PDF #8608 the Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prize in Nonfiction Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award the Los Angeles Times Book Prize the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in JournalismOne of Thank You PDFEPUBTen Favorite Books of by Michiko KakutaniThe New York Times a Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the YearNamed a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times The You for Your Kindle #208 Washington Post USA Today The Economis. David Finkel was ideally placed for writing two important books He was embedded to use the Pentagon's expression which conveys its preferred method of improving the journalist spin on a war with the 216th Infantry during the surge of American forces in Ira in 2007 08 His book on the unit's experience The Good Soldiers won numerous awards This is a seuel of sorts concerning what happened to a select group of these soldiers once they returned to the StatesFinkel provides the important context for his seuel He says that two million American soldiers have served in either Afghanistan or Ira He claims that 20 30% of the soldiers who deployed to these theaters now suffer from some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD percentages that I think must be on the high side The experience of the men of the 216th were far intense and therefore not typical of the vast majority of soldiers The author does not address why PTSD seems to be so much higher than other wars though probable reasons are the multiple tours of duty and the disconnect with the American civilian population that is totally unaffected by the war The author explains his methodology which involves reconstructing the dialogue of the principle characters And the dialogue seemed to be authentic to me He also says that he obtained the agreement of the soldiers and their families to write the story as Finkel saw it without prior approval All fair enough so the stage is now set and it is mainly in America's heartland near Ft Riley Kansas where their unit is based when not in IraIt is the story of 10 15 individuals all of whom are grabbling with the trauma caused by their participation in America's wars in the 21st century Adam Schumann was on his third tour of Ira when his mind simply shut down with a determination of enough He and his wife Saskia are two of the principals in Finkel's account Amanda Doster was widowed losing her husband Sergeant First Class James Doster age 37 Tausolo Aieti came to the Army and thence Ira via the impoverished Pacific island of American Samoa where the Army recruiter never has difficulty fulfilling his uota Kristy Robinson is in the book due to the suicide death of her husband Jessie It was road side bombs in Army lingo IED's that transformed their lives Patti Walker is a counselor trying to ensure these soldiers and others obtain the treatment needed to address their trauma Her husband is also one that suffers from PTSD Finkel covers three of the programs one administered by the VA in nearby Topeka another by a private company in Pueblo Colorado and a third in California the Pathway house operated privately on land at the VA home for soldiers There is no standard treatment; each program varies considerably The author also covers the efforts of the senior leadership in the Army to prevent suicides in particular as conducted by Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli Each suicide is reviewed by a special group in Washington with an emphasis on the lessons learned The ending is brilliant and underscores the continued Congressional indifference to these men's and women's blight I also felt that the snapshot pictures in the tradition of cinema vérité enhanced the bookThough I was not surprised at the mental trauma experienced by these soldiers who had endured multiple tours I was surprised that considerable effort despite its short comings was being expended to address this trauma In terms of short comings one of the saddest cases involved one family that had to fake incest and child molestation in order to get treatment Nonetheless I was also surprised that Finkel did not address one of the most effective treatments and its lack meaningful employment And intertwined with the issue of employment may be the negative stereotyping of all veterans based on these accounts of a few who were in intense combatThe title is aptly sardonic It is that most hollow expression that Federal workers are taught to say to veterans usually as an addendum to the explanation why they can do absolutely nothing for them Finkel's account is well researched and a heart felt epilogue to the fate of the men and women who chose to be where the bombs happen to fall 5 stars
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Thank You for Your Service Free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ ❮Read❯ ➹ Thank You for Your Service ➼ Author David Finkel – Dcmdirect.co.uk Winner of the Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prize in Nonfiction Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award the Los Angeles TPainful and hopeful moments as they try to recover and in doing so he creates an indelible essential portrait of what life after war is like―not just for these soldiers but for their wives widows children and friends and for the professionals who are truly trying and to a great degree failing to undo the damage that has been done Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding and it offers acomplete picture than we have ever had of two essential uestions When we ask young men and women to go to war what are we asking of them And when they return what are we thanking them f. A simply written factual account of the personal experience endured by too many people far too freuently A good sense of perspective keeps the narrative from becoming 'mawkish'