"Thank You For Your Service" by David Finkel is an intimate story that tells story about the former soldiers and severity of their integration back into society.
Somehow this is a sequel to his previously published work "The Good Soldiers" where author introduced us the soldiers of one Infantry Battalion that left for Iraq.
Their return is described in this book and reader can realize how changed they become due to their experience not matter how short it was, someone malicious could say.
These are people who have wounds that are invisible on first sight, they don't lack any of the limbs or are disabled in common sense, that would have probably helped them to be seen as victims. Instead they have PTSD and TMI, problems that are still a mysterious to most people and often misused, thereby often belittle.
We see how is difficult for them to continue living their normal lives, with their families but also on general level how difficult their society reintegration is.
The title of the book is made in somehow ironic way because this is a sentence they've been hearing lot of times since they came back but anyone besides themselves and their families know and can't understand how difficult is to be back, how strange it feels to start living again normal life after all the shocking events they've been through.
The author writes without any hesitation, his stories are powerful while he portrays former soldiers as broken men together with their families that became broken due to their war experience.
He writes about suicides, about the people who are feeling exploited due to someone's unreasonable goals but in general he writes about the people who fought for their country in this or previous wars that besides receiving "Thank You For Your Service" sentence didn't receive any particular help in order to continue living normal life.
"Thank You for Your Service" is book that is brutally honest and intimate in same time, which shows us that the same courage that was expected from those men during the war, if not greater, is needed to them to continue to live with all that they went through.
Due to that, I can fully recommend you to read this deeply moving and intimate story of human courage.
on 16 October 2014
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.