David Finkel

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The Washington Post's David Finkel shares his book about the mental wounds of veterans, "Thank You for Your Service." (3:59)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT

THINKS THAT AMERICANS CANBETTER HONOR OUR TROOPS.

SO TWO MAGNETIC YELLOWRIBBONS?

PLEASE WELCOME DAVID FRININGEL.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: HEY, DAVID, NICE

TO HAVE YOU BACK.

NOW GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> THE LAST TIME YOU WEREHERE, YOU WERE HERE TO TALK

ABOUT THE GOOD SOLDIERS.

>> RIGHT.

>> YOUR BOOK ABOUT BEINGEMBEDDED WITH WHICH GROUP IN

IRAQ.

>> IT WAS INFRANT LEEBATTALION DURING THE PERIOD

OF THE SURGE.

THESE GUYS WENT OVER, WELL,IT WAS CONSIDERED THE LOST

MOMENT OF THE WAR.

THEY WERE THERE FOR 15MONTHS.

THEY GOT PRETTY BANGED UP.

AND I WROTE THAT BOOK.

THEN THEY CAME HOME.

AND THEY ARE BANGED UP INDIFFERENT WAYS SO I HAVE

WRITTEN A SECRETARY BOOKABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT

HOME.

>> Stephen: AN IT'S CALLEDTHANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: NOW THIS ISABOUT THE WOUNDS THAT

WE-- WE CAN'T NECESSARILYSEE RZ AND THEY CAN'T SEE

THEM EITHER WHICH CAUSESGREAT DOUBTS TO SOME OF

THEM.

SO THE BOOK, THE BOOK ISREALLY AN END MAT LOOK, IT'S

NOT A POLICY BOCK BUT ANINTIMATE LOOK AT WHAT THE

AFTERWAR IS.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMEHOME MENTALLY WOUNDED AND

TRY TO RECOVER FROM WHAT YOUHAVE SEEN AND WHAT YOU HAVE

DONE.

>> Stephen: IS THIS SORT OFTRAUMA THAT WE HEAR SO MUCH

ABOUT WITH VETERANS OF IRAQAND AFGHAN TAN, IS THIS NEW

OR WAS THIS HAPPENING INWORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN

WAR AS WELL.

>> WELL, SURE.

I MEAN THERE ARE NOHEADLINES IN THIS BOOK.

IT'S NOT LIKE WE DON'T KNOWTHAT WAR DOES THINGS TO

PEOPLEMENT BUT THESE ARE OURWARS, OUR CURRENT WARS, IT'S

BEEN GOING ON SINCE, WELL,MORE THAN 10 YEARS AND --

>> BUT IF WORLD WAR II THOSEGUYS WHO CAME BACK, DIDN'T

THEY HAVE A WAY OF DEALINGWITH T THEY WOULD JUST

BOTTLE IT UP AND STUFF ITDOWN AND THEY WOULD JUST

COME OUT AND SOMEONE BIGEXPLOSION OF RAGE IN 1967

OVER THANKSGIVING DINNER?

THAT WAS THE OL WAY TO DO IT,THAT WAS THE 50sEE WAY, THE

IKE WAY TO DO IT, NEVER TALKABOUT YOUR FEELINGS.

>> YOU WILL BE PLEASED TOKNOW THAT STILL GOES ON FROM

THESE WARS AS WELL.

THERE IS ONE PART OF THEBOOK, IT IS A THERAPY-- A

SESSION IN COLORADO, ABOUT20 GUYS IN THERE.

AND THE INTERESTING PART OFTHAT ISN'T WHAT THEY ARE

RECOUNTING, IT'S PRETTYHORRIBLE WHAT THEY'VE DONE

AND WHAT THEY'VE BEENTHROUGH, BUT THE FACT THAT

THEY ALL SAY WHAT WAS ITHINKING.

WHAT WAS I THINKING WHEN IWAS DOING THAT KIND OF

THING.

AND SO-- .

>> Stephen: WHEN THEY WEREIN THE WAR, WHAT THEY WERE

THINKING.

>> YES, WHAT WERE THEYTHINKING THAT WOULD CAUSE

THEM TO ACT THE WAY THEY DIDIN THE WARTIME IT MADE

PERFECT SENSE DURING THEWAR.

BUT NOW THEY'RE BACK HOMEAND THEY'RE CONSIDERING WHO

THEY BECAME IN WARTIME ANDTHINKING WHAT IN THE WORLD

WAS THAT ABOUT.

>> Stephen: WELL, WHAT CANTHE AVERAGE PERSON, THE

PERSON WHO, YOU KNOW W WHOIS JUST APPROACHING YOUR

BOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME,PERHAPS HASN'T READ THE GOOD

SOLDERS, ABOUT WHAT THESEGUYS WANT THROUGH IN IRAQ

AND AFGHANISTAN, WHAT CANTHEY DO TO HELP SOLDIERS.

>> WELL WA, DO YOU THINK?

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW,I'M ASKING YOU, HONEST TO

GODDING I WOULD TO THE YOUHAVE ON IF I KNEW.

>> WELL, MAYBE A STARTINGPOINT IS TO PAY HONEST

ATTENTION TO WHAT'S GOINGON.

IRAQ MAY BE OVER ANDAFGHANISTAN MAY BE WINDING

DOWN BUT IT'S HEAR, IT'SGOING ON AND I THINK ACTUAL

HONEST ATTENTION FROM PEOPLEWOULD BE A GOOD STARTING

POINT.

>> Stephen: HONEST ATTENTION,I NEED TO YOU HELP ME OUT

HERE.

DO YOU MEAN LIKE LITERALLYDOW SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR

SERVICE.

HOW ARE YOU DOING?

>> I MEAN HOW DO YOU START ACONVERSATION WITH ANYBODY.

THESE-- .

>> Stephen: I GENERALLYDON'T, I GENERALLY DON'T.

I'M A FAMOUS PERSON, THEYCOME TALK TO ME.

(LAUGHTER)>> HOW WOULD THEY START A

CONVERSATION WITH YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THATDUDE!

(LAUGHTER)>> PRETTY GOOD WAY TO START.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE STEVE CARREL.

-- CARELL.

MR. FINKLE, THANK YOU SOMUCH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THE BOOK IS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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