Sebastian Junger And Patricia Murphy: ‘Homecoming And Belonging’ For Veterans

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Sebastian Junger And Patricia Murphy: ‘Homecoming And Belonging’ For Veterans
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Many veterans have a hard time adjusting to normal life when they return from war. Post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts can plague their daily activities. What makes this process particularly difficult is the “tribe-like” mentality of soldiers during war. They spend all of their time together, they work together, they feed together, and they hunt together. When they return to “individualist societies,” the support of their comrades is lost. Author Sebastian Junger (Tribe, War) will appear in conversation with KUOW military and veteran reporter Patricia Murphy for a discussion of this re-entry process, and how ordinary citizens can ease this transition. As Junger suggests, perhaps if everyone recognizes and embraces the distinct tribes or groups they’re affiliated with, it could shed light on the nation’s problems when it comes to feelings of belonging.
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By: Town Hall Seattle

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