Hearts and Minds



Stevens, Greg

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This thesis is a fictional collection of short stories entitled Hearts & Minds. These short stories are threaded together into a single thesis using a centralized theme revolving around military conflict. However, Hearts & Minds explores additional impacts that go well beyond military confrontation, delving into a wide range of sub-themes including Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), depression, courage, challenges of civilian re-integration, as well as the impacts on family members left behind when soldiers deploy to war. It is my goal that after reading this thesis, those unfamiliar with military culture will have an enlightened perspective into the trials and tribulations of the American soldier.


This document has been embargoed for 5 years and will not be available until December 2021 at the earliest.


Military, Iraq, Afghanistan, PTSD, Hearts & minds, Deployment