Every day I listen to my combat veterans as they struggle to return to the “normal” world after having a deeply life-changing experience. Sometimes that can involve medications, but listening is key.
Sometimes a combat veteran tells me things that they wish their families knew.
They have asked me to write something for their families, from my unique position as soldier, wife, and physician. War is horrible, but there is nothing like a life-and-death fight to make you feel truly alive.
These are generalizations; not all veterans have these reactions, but they are the concerns most commonly shared with me. The adrenaline rush is tremendous, and can never be replaced.
He may not see that you stay with him as a conscious choice. “The training kicks in” means something very different to him.
It is direct battle doctrine that when ambushed by a superior force, the correct response is “Apply maximum firepower and break contact.” A warrior has to be able to respond to threat with minimal time pondering choices.
He would bring food for her family and eat with them when he could.
Monday, April 16, 2012 As men and women return from military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, they go through a significant adjustment as they rejoin civilian life.
Part of that adjustment is figuring how to communicate their experience at war.
When you suffer from post-war PTSD dating can be challenging.
It’s not something you want to advertise on dating sites, or when you see a beautiful woman in a bar.