L. Phil Klay, “Redeployment”

Phil Klay is a former Marine and Iraq veteran.

The story: A Marine returns from a tough tour in Iraq and is confronted by problems at home that remind him of events that happened on deployment.

Characters: An unnamed first-person male narrator, his wife Cheryl, their dog Vicar

Themes:  Readjusting to home-life after war, coping with violence and death

Discussion questions:

  1. What makes the narrator’s readjustment to post-deployment life so hard?
  2. How does the narrator’s dog Vicar figure in the story? What does he mean to the narrator? 
  3. What do you think the narrator’s wife Cheryl makes of her husband? 

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