Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Find in catalogThe author is a journalist who has spent time in war zones and Native American reservations. He discusses how tribal communities, here and in Africa, handle conflict and war. He says that the sharing of responsibility, resources, and caring for each member of the tribe give the returning warrior a place in society where he is a valued member and is needed as if he had not been gone. He also discusses how tragedy brings people together for this same reason: the sense of community and shared experience. He feels that if returning warriors in this country were given a useful place in society, valued employment for example, and not made to feel different or separate from the rest of society, it would make the transition back to civilian life much easier and reduce the amount of mental distress our warriors experience. It is a well researched book with lots of statistics to back up what he is saying.

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