Wounded by Eric Walters, 2009
There is hardly any topic that Eric Walters has not written about. This one deals with a returning soldier from Afghanistan and the effects of his tour of duty on himself and his family. He appears to be all right, but he is not. Walters carefully describes the exclusiveness of the military family due to the fact that they live on a base and move frequently. At one point the young boy, who is “the man of the family” when his father is away and who is expected and wants to enter the military like his father and grandfather before him, questions whether he will in fact follow suit, given the current actions of his father.
Doubtless, this is a difficult topic to tackle and Walters skims over key issues, one being the tripling of military personnel leaving the forces between the years 2005 and 2009 due to the nature of the mission in Afghanistan, as well as the myriad of problems veterans have faced getting help for Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues upon their return. To read Wounded, one would think that getting help was no issue; the issue is admitting to needing help. Nonetheless, it is a good, if somewhat superficial read.