Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel is a deeply moving look at the wounded bodies and scarred psyches of the men who return home after modern-day combat. In the author’s previous book, The Good Soldiers, he was embedded with soldiers during the surge of deployments in 2007-08. Now, he’s following them home to record their struggles with finding and keeping jobs, post-traumatic stress disorder, and rehabilitating their wounds. Without inserting himself into the story, the author shows us life after war for soldiers, their families, their widows, as well as their counselors/therapists/doctors. It seemed even more personal for me since much of the book focuses on a soldier from Kansas. There are no easy answers provided, but Thank You For Your Service is most definitely a call to action. This is a haunting work that feels very important and current.
Sep 14, 2014