First Chapter of ‘Redeployment’ by Phil Kay

by Rachel Baker on August 3, 2014

I spent the morning as I do every morning – sipping my coffee and reading the news that interests me. Then, I ran across this article on Business Insider that had a first chapter of a new book, Redeployment, written by a Marine veteran, Phil Klay.

I couldn’t help myself. I spent the next ten minutes reading through the first chapter (at the link below) and contemplating what my understanding of how things are for soldiers in combat. I was in the Navy, one a ship, in the ocean, during the only actual peacetime of my lifetime. Combat is foreign to me – while a whole lot of crap can happen on a ship that will change you and the way you look at life in general, its not the same as ground combat.

On some level, I don’t want to even have the book in my library. I want to stay very far away from the realities of what these soldiers have been through and what they have to endure every single day for the rest of their lives. I don’t want to lose whatever innocence, or naiveté, or whatever you want to call it, that I may still have about the reality of combat.

But, we, the American people – and every other person in the world considered a civilian – owe it to our combat veterans to try to understand. Just from the first chapter of this short story collection, I think we may get a good idea of the trauma our combat veterans bring home with them. What I’m saying, is go buy the book – and read it – and reflect on it. Spend the time necessary to try to understand what horrors have happened to the men and women who go fight our wars.

“Redeployment,” the new collection of short stories by Marine veteran and author Phil Klay, is receiving a lot of positive attention from reviewers and book critics.

We spoke with Klay recently about his book, which goes much deeper than stories of battle and heroism. Instead he dives deeper, offering stories like the religious leader trying to minister to Marines facing mounting casualties, the alienation some veterans feel as they return home, and the loneliness a soldier can feel in the war zone.

The First Chapter Of This Book Will Change Your Understanding Of Soldiers In Combat

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