A Study of American Military Memoirs of «Operation Iraqi Freedom»
Chapter Five. Welcome to My Homecoming
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What he has seen is hard to believe And it does not good to just pray He asks of us to stand And we must end this war today […] Yeah, nothing’s too good for a veteran Yeah, this is what they say So nothing is what they will get And there’s no American way – Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper “No More War”
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The epigraph selected to head this chapter is quoted from a song used in the soundtrack for the documentary Body of War by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue. The movie follows Tomas Young, at the time of filming twenty-five years old, who is paralyzed due to a severed spinal cord. He was wounded during the first week of his deployment to Iraq. The documentary’s homepage notes:
Body of War is Tomas’ coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. […] Body of War unfolds on two parallel tracks. On the one hand, we see Tomas evolving into a powerful voice against the war as he struggles to deal with the complexities of a paralyzed body. (bodyofwar.com)
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