This month I'm talking about one book. Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel.
As I sit here thinking of what to write, what to tell you...I find myself at a loss for words. There's just no way to explain this book.
I will tell you this. It's not an easy read. It's not light. I had to put this book down, close it, and cry several times.
If you have ever said Thank you for your service! to a member of the military, then this book will explain to you what you are thanking them for. The demons they fight when they come home, the horrors they face.
This book isn't for the faint of heart. It talks about PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, high suicide rates in veterans.
I believe that everyone needs to read this book.
I won't forget it as long as I live. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to read, but I needed to read it. I highlighted many, many passages and this book will be one I hold on to and reference for years and years.
It's easy to live in a pretty bubble and pretend like everyone is okay and like things are over once they come home. That's not true for anyone. These men and women need our HELP. They need more than our words and our platitudes.
I'll stop here, before I start rambling. Just wanted to share this with you all.