And why is understanding this critical?
War is hell. Yet, many of our young veterans miss everything about it. This is not a moral issue, its a neurological issue. War, and especially combat, alter a soldier’s state of mind. So we must answer the question of why veterans miss war, or it will be impossible to bring them back to a place in society where they belong.
In this excellent 13 minute video, an American journalist who has covered war for over 20 years discusses his experience in Afghanistan in 2007 – 2008. There he witnessed some of the most intense combat of the region. He offers his insights on the effects of war on the human psyche.
Civilians don’t miss war. But soldiers often do. Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience embedded with American soldiers at Restrepo, an outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley that saw heavy combat.
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