Eric Newhouse has earned his reputation as a crusading journalist, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for a yearlong series of stories about alcoholism. Through personal, in-depth interviews, he has seen the devastation caused by PTSD from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the ongoing trauma for veterans from Vietnam and other American conflicts. Newhouse’s crusade is to get the young men and women who have served their country on the battlefields the help that they need... and deserve.
Faces of Recovery reports on how millions of American soldiers have faced the ultimate dilemma: kill the enemy or risk being killed yourself. Each choice adds to the trauma — prolonged combat increases emotional and physical injury. This book also describes a newly discovered problem, moral injury. The book shows how healing requires forgiveness, atonement, self-forgiveness, and physical exercise.
Soldiers tell their heartbreaking stories, what happened to them in battle and what happened when they came home. They explain their uncontrollable rage, alcoholism, nightmares, flashbacks, divorce, joblessness, and homelessness. They talk about the battlefield reactions to civilian provocations that are landing too many of them in jail.
Eric Newhouse’s diary tells what happens after winning a Pulitzer Prize: the honors, the travels, and the opportunities. And the other side of the coin: lost time and a desperate struggle to continue reporting what is important to him: amplifying the voices of those who normally go unheard, so that policy-makers and citizens know the human consequences of official actions. Uplifting. Caring.