Over the past five years, Jess Ruliffson has traveled across the country interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, from kitchen tables in Georgia and libraries in New York City to dive bars in Mississippi and back porches in Vermont. What she finds is that the real experience of soldiers at war is a far cry from the heroic depictions in popular media like Zero Dark Thirty or American Sniper. In these illustrated interviews, Ruliffson shares the stories of men, women, and nonbinary persons who struggle to reconcile their wartime experiences with their postwar lives. Identity lies at the heart of these stories, as vets grapple with their gender, their race, and the brutality they’ve witnessed and caused. In this compassionate, probing collection, Ruliffson reveals how America’s endless entanglement in war has affected the psyches of the people who wage them.