When four-star general Peter Chiarelli took up the post as the U.S. Army's vice chief of staff in 2008, it quickly dawned on him that his most difficult challenge would be to reduce the rate at which soldiers were committing suicide.
Two years into Chiarelli's tenure, more military personnel were dying at their own hands than were dying in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. The fact that combat deaths were subsiding might have been celebrated if only it didn't call attention to the problem of returning soldiers nursing psychological traumas that were not being sufficiently treated.
Enter Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Finkel, whose new book, "Thank You for Your Service," chronicles the lives of soldiers returning to America after months and years of conflict, or — just as life-altering — the all-consuming threat of conflict.
Regarding his choice of an ironic title, Finkel says of veterans, "Everyone wants to buy them a drink. Everyone wants to clap them on their back. Everyone wantsRead More »from Author David Finkel Chronicles Lingering Nightmares Haunting Soldiers of US-Iraq War