While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on May 27, 2010.
I had a couple of flights yesterday so I caught up on my reading of military magazines -- Proceedings, Marine Corps Gazette, Air Force, and Army. Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, the Army's highest-ranking psychiatrist, tells her service's magazine what sort of homecoming soldier worries her most:
As a psychiatrist, I must say that an individual who comes back from 12 to 15 months, moreover a series of repeat tours over the last nine years, and says, 'It hasn't affected me at all' -- that's the person I'm most concerned about.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.