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I have followed David Wood's writing and work for several years now, and here is another example of why he is a Pulitzer Prize recipient for his work. Even though I have the book in print, I really wanted to hear the story with my ears as if he were telling it to me. In fact, David does narrate Chapter 2! I have studied and followed the phenomenon of Moral Injury for many years as it has emerged from the shadows of PTSD in Veterans. While Moral Injury is an integral part of the PTSD experience, it is also it's own set of triggers for behavioral health issues and social problems. The title "What Have We Done", is so appropriate here because we really have to ask ourselves what exactly have we really done. There are sooooo many opinions out there about just wars, volunteer military, heroism, psychological damage, etc. that focus on those symptoms and reactions that are in response to a traumatic incident or situation. When we talk about Moral Injury, we are talking about something that goes much deeper into the souls of the warfighter, contradicting everything that person was taught in their young life about right and wrong. This is how we start to believe we are bad people and don't deserve to have survived. WE have to start listening to these people and doing something with what they are telling us. I am a Veteran- a combat Veteran, and there is nothing in this book that speaks falsely of our duty and obligation to those who come home from war believing they will go to Hell for what they did in combat. If I were teaching graduate therapists or any person who plans to work in behavioral health, this wold be required reading hands down.
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I typically do not enjoy books by journalists because they are regurgitating other people's thoughts. However these are thoughts that need to be regurgitated.
A must read for all Americans concerned with government violence