Monday, October 13, 2014

The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War

In The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War by Yochi Dreazen tells about a national problem by sharing the Graham's personal story.

Throughout history US soldiers have suffered mentally and emotionally from what they have seen and been forced to do while in combat.  This suffering has been given different names, but has always existed.  And there has always been a stigma attached to it.

Mark and Carol Graham have shared the story of their sons, who both died just nine months apart from each other. Kevin killed himself as he tried to live his life without his anti-depressants which would have eliminated any chance of a military career. Jeff was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

The Grahams loss could have destroyed them, but instead they have taken that loss and chosen to work with other soldiers who are suffering from depression. 

Dreazen includes the statistics and stories of several other soldiers who have returned from combat to show how suicide rates have continued to climb - how this is a crisis that must be dealt with.  

By allowing their story to be told, the Grahams have showed how this is a true crisis, and how this could happen to any soldier.

The Invisible Front is an important look at the care and treatment we give our military and shows that the wounds many soldiers come home with may not by physical or seen by the eye.  

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