Coincidentally, but appropriately, I started reading the book Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel yesterday on Veterans Day. I’ve barely been able to put it down since I got home from work last night.
This book isn’t for everyone. It offers an honest and heartbreaking look into the lives of men from the 2-16 Infantry Battalion after they return home and begin to heal after a grueling 15 month tour in Baghdad. It is often tough to read about the struggles these men and their families endure when they are reunited. It is even tougher to read about the high suicide rate, that there is no consensus for effectively treating PTSD, and how difficult it is for these people to even get into a treatment program. I’m about halfway through and so far I’ve found the book to be dark but very compelling.
David Finkel is a Pulitzer Prize winning author who also wrote The Good Soldier, a book about this same battalion during their tour in Baghdad. Beautifully written, Thank You For Your Service offers insight into the non-physical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the troops come home. Finkel does an amazing job telling the stories of these soldiers without editorializing about their experiences or treatments. These are such important stories to raise awareness of the non-physical injuries to those who have served.
Now to finish reading and then get back to sewing—I need to have a finished quilt top by Thursday!!