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Thank You for Your Service review ´ 3 ´ ➥ [Ebook] ➠ Thank You for Your Service By David Finkel ➯ – Now a Major Motion Picture Directed by American Sniper Writer Jason Hall and Starring Miles TellerNo journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel In The Good Soldie NoInto their family lives and into American society at large Finkel is with these veterans in their most intimate painful 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 Serviceis an act of understanding and it offers acomplete picture than we have ever had of two essential uestions Wh. This book gives humbling insight into the damaged minds of American Servicemen victims of PTSD returning from our new age wars It powerfully demonstrates war on a second front at home where wives and family try valiantly to come to terms with this changed returning warrior The tragedy experienced by them all is gutting Attempts made by the forces to help and support these terribly damaged people is touching but the bottom line is forcibly brought home to us all War ruins all the lives it touches

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En 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 for“Finkel sketches a panoramic view of postwar lifeA book that every American should read” ―Jake Tapper Los Angeles TimesFinalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award theLos Angeles Times Book Prize and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism One of Ten 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 Year. 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'

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Thank You for Your ServiceNow a Major Motion Picture for Your PDF #8608 Directed by American Sniper Writer Jason Hall and Starring Miles TellerNo 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 Thank You PDFEPUBembedded with the men of theInfantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous “surge” Now in Thank You for Your Service Finkel tells the true story of those men as they return home from the front lines of Baghdad and struggle You for Your Kindle #208 to reintegrate both. 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