During the so-called 2007 "surge" in Iraq, the Washington Post's David Finkel embedded with the 2-16 Battalion in East Baghdad. He produced a book about the realities of warfare. Then he embedded again — with the soldiers as veterans, along with their families. They spoke to him with a degree of candor and openness that makes his new book read like a novel. Thank You for Your Service is being hailed as a masterpiece of its kind, not just by reviewers but by people who try to help those veterans of combat who are forced to struggle to get their civilian lives back together.