Veteran Friendships Across Lifetimes: Brothers And Sisters In Arms

Veteran Friendships Across Lifetimes: Brothers And Sisters In Arms

Veteran Friendships across Lifetimes: Brothers and Sisters in Arms

Veteran Friendships across Lifetimes: Brothers and Sisters in Arms seeks to add to the larger conversation about the “band of brothers” phenomenon by focusing on stories of survival after service members return home. Based on five years of research, including in-depth interviews with fifty servicemen and women, this book explores the interrelationship between camaraderie and contentment. Ward specifically looks at how military friendships translate from the battlefield into civilian life and how these friendships assist soldiers in gaining peace with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future. This text uses the themes of strength, kinship, and resilience to discuss the bonds and friendships that are created and maintained despite the savagery of the wartime experience.

Review
American veterans of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century describe the special bonds that hold them together, often for decades. In this engaging book, Jamie Ward describes how story-telling and PTSD sustain friendships created in the context of military training and battle. (Tony Waters, California State University, Chico, and Payap University)

Ward presents a comprehensive examination of the importance of military friendships and presents much...

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