They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story



[Reading] ➺ They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story By Ann Jones – E17streets4all.co.uk A reporter s firsthand, close up and personal look at the impact of our recent wars on America s unlucky soldiers A reporter s firsthand, Soldiers: How PDF/EPUB ã close up and personal look at the impact of our recent wars on America s unlucky soldiers.They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story

Author of Kabul in Soldiers: How PDF/EPUB ã Winter Life Without Peace in Afghanistan, Ann Jones is a journalist and activist for womens rights around the globe She is currently working on a book about women, war, and photography.

They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story
  • Ann Jones
  • English
  • 08 June 2017
  • 1608463710

10 thoughts on “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story

  1. says:

    I saw Ann Jones speak in Waltham, MA where she spoke along with Andrew Bacevich I bought the book based on hearing her speak and am so grateful that I did I hopepeople will read this book and learn about what has happened to the young people that we sent off to fight in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan It is painful to read because it requires you to acknowledge the suffering of others and your own role in allowing this to continue Ann Jones has interviewed people involved in every asp I saw Ann Jones speak in Waltham, MA where she spoke along with Andrew Bacevich I bought the book based on hearing her speak and am so grateful that I did I hopepeople will read this book and learn about what has happened to the young people that we sent off to fight in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan It is painful to read because it requires you to acknowledge the suffering of others and your own role in allowing this to continue Ann Jones has interviewed people involved in every aspect of the care of the soldiers or their bodies and paints a clear picture of what has happened The book is not free from her own feelings about this issue, but she does back her opinions with a great amount of research

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    When they were children, we wrapped bumpers about the inside edges of their cribs put locks on doors and cabinets and blocked stairways we bought car seats, and endlessly held small hands The years passed we prayed when they started driving we stayed up late nights waiting for them to come home safely If they were lucky if we could be there for them if we chose to be there for them If they were raised in places where fear, poverty, neglect were not their invisible but constant and too When they were children, we wrapped bumpers about the inside edges of their cribs put locks on doors and cabinets and blocked stairways we bought car seats, and endlessly held small hands The years passed we prayed when they started driving we stayed up late nights waiting for them to come home safely If they were lucky if we could be there for them if we chose to be there for them If they were raised in places where fear, poverty, neglect were not their invisible but constant and too often too visible non friends.And then, and then we sent them to war, both our young men and our young women.Was it their choice to sign up Maybe, and maybe it was for economic opportunity, for promised education, for a hundred others reasons and yes, promises of recruiters.Then the training came the shaved head, the programming, the no thinking for yourself, follow orders do what you are told without question for the good of the uniform, for the good of the unit, for the good of the country.Yet no one, no training, no ideal of glory can train anyone for reality of war for the constant on fear, unknown lurking threat of annihilation, powerlessness with bombs, dead comrades in arms splattered about or on you It has been training to kill or be killed It undoes all previous training in the reality of kill or be killed Horrors happen massacres happen atrocities happen on both sides and the soldiers who remain alive have to live with them They may come home whole in body they may come home without arms legs arms and legs personal body parts traumatic brain injury spinal injury mental, spiritual, psychological injury.They get battlefield care for injury they are airlifted to hospitals for often multiple surgeries they come back to VA facilities, families trying to help them, ill equipped to help them They come back to long, long waiting lists for the VA.They come home to nightmares, to not being able to relate to loved ones who have no idea of what they have known, of what they live with.They come from a misogynist organization where rape of both sexes is swept under paperwork, bureaucracy, and basic keep it quiet for the good of the unit attitudes.They come home changed forever, traumatized While in service there is the band of brothers dependency, even though it does not apply to military rape by those who should have your back When they come home, that band is disbursed that stay alive support is not there, and those who have not been there, those who don t know, are not equipped to help.Who are these soldiers Why are they in the military Ms Jones points out with brutal clarity that many are from impoverished families from areas where drive by shootings are the norm from areas where the young know no hope of getting out without joining the military They are also from families where generations have served who grow up with the idea of service And yet, when one young person says he felt he had a better chance of not getting killed in Afghanistan than he did in his own neighborhood, you know we have a problem at a time when our public schools are declining, funding cuts, leaving less chance of a decent life At a time when Congressman Waxman called the corporate profits from these wars the largest war profiteering in history while third country nationals are imported into virtual slavery to do the chores of supporting an army, we have a serious problem as soldiers with low pay are surrounded by the ill defined responsibilities of private contractors making much bigger pay checks.The Army also lowered qualifications for joining to fill in the ranks and those inductees include many with serious criminal records They go to find a future in the throes of death and destruction These are the members of the band of brothers and sisters who serve who come home in transport containers which we used to call less euphemistically body bags who come home minus arms, legs, personal parts who come home with TBI who come home with spinal injuries who come home with ruptured hearts, minds, and souls.Ms Jones tells you their real story from the front lines sharing their time on forward bases, on foreign soil, in wars they are told are endless These are their stories and you need, as a citizen of this country, as a citizen of the world, and you need to face their reality up close and personal with compassion, and deep, deep thought about alternatives Too long have we refused to face the truths she so intensely spells out for us.Is there a solution to all this Yes, facing reality facing the horrid, ugly, destructive force of war and choosing otherwise There is choosing to find another way that builds lives, respects life and the planet a way that eliminates from our cliched use of words, shall not have died in vain and replaces it with led a full, joyful, and productive life There is choosing to love our young enough to not send them into the evil jaws of the insatiable gods of war.As always, all is in the choices

  3. says:

    People need to read it Its not a long book, very short in fact, about 200 pages, but it took me awhile to read through it all I was constantly having to put it down for awhile because I am not able to handle reading too much of it in one day.For anyone like me who is rather quite clueless about how it is for veterans when they return home from the war, you will find this book reveals a lot These are untold stories though, so there is nothing happy about them They are the stories that are c People need to read it Its not a long book, very short in fact, about 200 pages, but it took me awhile to read through it all I was constantly having to put it down for awhile because I am not able to handle reading too much of it in one day.For anyone like me who is rather quite clueless about how it is for veterans when they return home from the war, you will find this book reveals a lot These are untold stories though, so there is nothing happy about them They are the stories that are covered up, overlooked, and generally kept quiet What this book reveals disgusted me, sickened me, brought me to tears, and enraged me I can never again think of soldiers like I used to

  4. says:

    Well researched and laid out Brutally honest Heart wrenching And has left meangry than I was before Between the VA scandal and the military benefit cutbacks, this sickens me to the core.

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    Essential reading I learned too much from thisSURVIVORS Siegfried SassoonNo doubt they ll soon get well the shock and strain Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk Of course they re longing to go out again, These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk They ll soon forget their haunted nights their cowed Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died, Their dreams that drip with murder and they ll be proud Of glorious war that shatter d all their prideMen who went ou Essential reading I learned too much from thisSURVIVORS Siegfried SassoonNo doubt they ll soon get well the shock and strain Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk Of course they re longing to go out again, These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk They ll soon forget their haunted nights their cowed Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died, Their dreams that drip with murder and they ll be proud Of glorious war that shatter d all their prideMen who went out to battle, grim and glad Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad

  6. says:

    Brutal and unrelenting, an unflinching stare at the wounded coming home from our wars Devastating.

  7. says:

    You haven t an arm and you haven t a leg, You re an eyeless, noseless, chickenless egg You ll have to be put with a bowl to beg Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye This is the most brutal book I ve ever read, and yet it should be read by everyone 16 and up Why Because far too little of truths like these make it into the mainstream where they belong Every politician getting ready to cast a vote to sendyoung people out on nation building exercises around the globe or other likewise fraught with You haven t an arm and you haven t a leg, You re an eyeless, noseless, chickenless egg You ll have to be put with a bowl to beg Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye This is the most brutal book I ve ever read, and yet it should be read by everyone 16 and up Why Because far too little of truths like these make it into the mainstream where they belong Every politician getting ready to cast a vote to sendyoung people out on nation building exercises around the globe or other likewise fraught with danger shows of military might, whenever and wherever around the globe, ought to be required to sign a statement acknowledging the bloody consequences in store for the troops they are ready to send off without any pandering to patriotism.Here are just two compelling passages from the book, with tidbits of my own commentary or out of immediate context elements that shed other light in brackets or following asterisks .Most of them the soldiers Warriors in New Pentagon Speak of the all volunteer military come from small towns in the South or the rustbelt of the Midwest or the big city ghettoes Many are following a family heritage of military service that has made veterans of past wars a relatively privileged class, enjoying special access to higher education, jobs, and a nationwide system of socialized medicine But so many of them are so very young, enticed or strong armed by smartly uniformed recruiters who work the corridors and classrooms of America s most impoverished and thoroughly militarized high schools So many are badly educated, knowing nothing of the world and how it operates So many are immigrants, risking their lives for a fast track to citizenship So many are poor and short on promise So many have such a slim chance of another job, another line of work like the one who tells the author where else can I get a job doing the stuff I loveShootin people Blowin shit up It s fuckin fun I fuckin love it , let alone a decent wage or a promotion And because the Pentagon lowered standards to fill the ranks of the volunteer army, so many are high school dropouts, or gangbangers, or neo Nazi white supremacists, or drug addicts, or convicted felons with violent crimes on their record In just three years following the invasion of Iraq, the military issued free passes so called moral waivers to one of every five recruits, includingthan 58,000 convicted drug users and 1,605 with serious felony convictions for offenses including rape, kidnapping, and murder When the number of free passes rose in the fourth year, the Pentagon changed the label to conduct waivers Kidswere hustled through basic training and speedily deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, only to find another army already there the shadow army of private for profit defense contractors Most of them were contracted to do a long list of chores that uniformed soldiers used to do for themselves when, courtesy of conscription, there were a lotof them To maximize their profits and minimize their work, however, the private contractors hired subcontractors who, in turn, hired subcontractors from third world countries to ship in laborers to do on the cheap the actual grunt work of hauling water and food supplies, cleaning latrines, collecting garbage, burning trash, preparing food, washing laundry, fixing electrical grids, doing construction, and staffing the fast food stands and beauty salons that sold tacos and pedicures to the troops The U S Navy still has ratings for Culinary Specialist CS , Legalman LN , and Ship s Serviceman SH , just for examples, that could lead to post military jobs in the civilian employment sector You won t find these listed among U S Army job descriptions, though, where the emphasis is entirely on war making skills No wonder, then, that people coming out of the all volunteer military mostly have a harder time transitioning back into civilian life Unlike many, not all, of their predecessors who went through military service, the post Vietnam era warriors leave the service with exactly what that term implies as their one and only job skill Oh, they can tout their work ethic, their discipline, but unlike previous generations of service men and women who used the military as a springboard having garnered an education of sorts in some practical fields of civilian enterprise, the transitioning warriors find themselves starting over in the same position they were as teenagers right out of school and competing against newly minted high school graduates for low paying entry level or going nowhere jobs

  8. says:

    A short, sharp dagger of a book, aimed at the heart of what Ann Jones calls the U.S state religion our never ending wars She follows wounded soldiers from the battlefields of Afghanistan where few soldiers are shot and most get their devastating injuries from IEDs through the gamut of the military medical complex, finding dedicated professionals whose skills and good intentions are thwarted at almost every step by inefficient bureaucracies and systems She concludes that modern American A short, sharp dagger of a book, aimed at the heart of what Ann Jones calls the U.S state religion our never ending wars She follows wounded soldiers from the battlefields of Afghanistan where few soldiers are shot and most get their devastating injuries from IEDs through the gamut of the military medical complex, finding dedicated professionals whose skills and good intentions are thwarted at almost every step by inefficient bureaucracies and systems She concludes that modern American wars have become a remarkably efficient engine for transferring the wealth of the nation from the public treasure to the pockets of the already rich

  9. says:

    Ann Jones does a great job describing not only what soldiers go through, but the families as well Heartbreaking read on the bureaucracy of the military and other government agencies Regardless of what the media may report, it s a different story for service members and their families and the struggles they endure.

  10. says:

    Tragic, epic, and a scathing bit of investigative writing into the sensory impacts of US wars on US soldiers As the grandson of a war veteran, it causes me to wonder what toll being a soldier in war took on earlier generations of my own family This book tells a graphic, brutal truth.

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