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The Arts and Medicine
April 11, 2017

Homecoming—The Podcast

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA. 2017;317(14):1398-1399. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3031

Homecoming after war is a task of the military, the servicemember, the servicemember’s family and community, and the nation. From time immemorial it has been a challenge,1 requiring a difficult integration of remembering and forgetting. Relationships forged during deployment require ongoing attention while servicemembers struggle to reestablish connections with those left behind. The serial podcast Homecoming, a psychological drama about a fictional government-sponsored 5-week transitional community program to help returning combat veterans process their traumatic memories, is the latest cultural attempt to reckon with this universal task of war.