Signature Wounds: The Untold Story of the Military's Mental Health Crisis


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New York University Press
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6.4 X 1.3 X 9.0 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author

David Kieran is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the American Studies concentration at Washington & Jefferson College. He is the author of Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory, and editor of The War of My Generation: Youth Culture and the War on Terror.


"A significant contribution to understanding the long-term human costs and consequences of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Afoundational work in this field."--Susan Carruthers, University of Warwick
"Because David Kieran is so fair-minded, his analysis of the mentalhealth crisis in the U.S. military is devastating and persuasive.Signature Wounds provides a judicious, yet stunning, rebuke to a culturethat incessantly reminds us to support our troops yet acquiesces toendless wars that expose them to levels of psychological trauma nomental health program could possibly prevent or adequately treat."--Christian G. Appy, author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides
"An impressive work on a vitally important, yet understudied topic that is both illuminating and compelling. For an American society still grappling with the multifaceted problems of endless war, this is an extraordinarily relevant book that deserves a wide readership."--Gregory A. Daddis, Chapman University
"A challenge to conventional wisdom about the military ignoring PTSD, traumatic brain injury and suicide among troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. [Kieran] takes readers inside the medical arm of military services and civilian government bureaucracies showing how dedicated researchers and administrators trying to reach consensus about how to treat - and perhaps even prevent - serious mental damage and intriguing study."--Kirkus Reviews
"One comes away from Signature Wounds with a healthy respect for the military's attempts to understand and manage [PTSD and TBI], and an even greater contempt for the armchair hawks most responsible for creating them."--New York Review of Books