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.
Benedek DM, Wynn GH, Ursano RJ. Homecoming—The Podcast. JAMA. 2017;317(14):1398–1399. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3031
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