Bravo Company

An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath


A timely, powerful, and sweeping portrait of a company of men who went to war in Afghanistan, their troubled deployment, and their lives in the decade since returning home

Ten years ago, the 100 soldiers of Bravo Company, a combat-hardened parachute infantry regiment, deployed to Afghanistan for a nine-month tour in Kandahar’s notorious Arghandab Valley. During the deployment, three soldiers were killed in action, and a dozen more lost limbs. By the time they went home, an astonishing half of the company had Purple Hearts.


ISBN: 9781419751165 Category:

Ben Kesling


But Bravo Company’s story didn’t end when they came home. In the ten years since, two of their members have died by suicide, more than a dozen others have tried, and others admit they’ve considered it. Bravo Company’s traumatic tour and high suicide rate led to its veterans being declared by the Veterans Administration to be at “extraordinary risk” of succumbing to addiction, isolation, and suicide. As a result, the men were chosen as test subjects for a new approach to suicide prevention, focusing less on isolated individuals and more on the group.

Additional information

Weight 426 g
Dimensions 14 x 22.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 20 January 2024
Number of pages 336
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14 x 22.2 cm
Weight 426 g


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Ben Kesling is a Midwest correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, where he focuses on domestic security and veterans’ issues. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and previously served as a Marine Corps infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a two-day Jeopardy! champion. He lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.