After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed
This chapter explores the many ways that combat has transformed soldiers’ experiences of being in the world. In the case of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, transformations other than bodily injury are overwhelmingly described in terms of posttraumatic stress disorder. This chapter seeks to think outside diagnostic category and bring together experiences of transformation that would otherwise be kept apart as mental or physical. It does this by thinking closely about injured and noninjured soldiers’ experiences of physical movement in their daily lives after war.