Sebastian Junger, director of “Restrepo” and author of “The Perfect Storm,” “Fire,” and “A Death In Belmont,” returned to my show to discuss his new book, “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.”
We talked about the plight of the large number of veterans returning from war who wind up alienated and depressed. Life at home, where they’re not part of a cohesive group, is very difficult — for many of them, war feels better than peace. We discussed this problem, and the VA’s lack of assistance, and how the problem is exacerbated by the fact that, while mortality rates are down, disability rates are way up for soldiers returning from modern wars.
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