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Voices and stories of veterans, their families, and their care providers, reveal what is necessary for postwar healing

This book argues that the elements that contribute to healing war trauma - including safety, connection, community, dialogue, mutual respect, diversity, and compassion - can help build a stronger nation. But this message comes with a warning and a challenge not just for caregivers, veterans service organizations, governmental departments, Congress, and the White House, but for all Americans. War creates incalculable suffering - not only among those on the front lines, but also among those left behind. For every soldier killed or injured on the battlefield, countless others are affected - particularly relatives and friends - often in isolation and silence. As a nation, the U.S. must do everything it can to repair the injuries caused by war, whether physical, emotional, or moral, both for those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and for the country itself. Only after the nation provides the top-quality care our veterans have earned will we be able to begin to end our reliance on war and truly build a durable peace.

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Joseph Bobrow

Joseph Bobrow is a Zen master and the founder and Roshi of Deep Streams Institute in San Francisco. Deep Streams offers Zen Buddhist practice, provides continuing education for mental health professionals, and serves the community through its Coming Home Project for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families and care providers. He is also a psychologist-psychoanalyst and a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He writes on Zen, psychotherapy, and the interplay of Western psychology, Buddhism, and community in transforming suffering and helping us realize and embody our true nature. "

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