Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath

Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath

by Ben Kesling
Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath

Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath

by Ben Kesling

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Overview

A timely and searing account of the American war in Afghanistan
 
In Bravo Company, journalist and combat veteran Ben Kesling tells the story of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of the men of one unit, part of a combat-hardened parachute infantry regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division. A decade ago, the soldiers of Bravo Company deployed to Afghanistan for a tour in Kandahar’s notorious Arghandab Valley. By the time they made it home, three soldiers had been killed in action, a dozen more had lost limbs, and an astonishing half of the company had Purple Hearts.

In the decade since, two of the soldiers have died by suicide, more than a dozen have tried, and others admit they’ve considered it. Declared at “extraordinary risk” by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bravo Company was chosen as test subjects for a new approach to the veteran crisis, focusing less on isolated individuals and more on the group.
 
Written with an insider’s eye and ear, and drawing on extensive interviews and original reporting, Bravo Company follows the men from their initial enlistment and training, through their deployment and a major shift in their mission, and then on to what has happened in the decade since; as they returned to combat in other units or moved on with their lives as civilians, or struggled to. This is a powerful, insightful, and memorable account of a war that didn’t end for these soldiers just because Bravo Company came home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647001407
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 464,802
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ben Kesling is a Midwest correspondent for the Wall Street Journal where he focuses on domestic security and veterans issues. Kesling has a master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and previously served as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a two-day Jeopardy! champion. He lives in Chicago with his wife and kids.
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