I read a post in Salon which talks about the issues many of our vets are having after serving in the wars.
"Now we should not to put soldiers in such untenable situations in the first place."
While I agree with the above statement the reality is we will go to war again. These are the issues we need to address for our vets to help them work back to normal lives.
We program these men and woman to kill to prepare for war. But we fail when they return to reprogram them to live in society again. This is some of the things they have had to deal with
"When someone going about his daily life is regularly mistaken for someone who means to kill you — as has repetitively been the case in our occupations of both Iraq and Afghanistan — everyone becomes the enemy."
A suggestion I heard was all soldiers who are in battle zones need to stay on bases for a while when they return to help them slowly return to a normal life. A reprogram if you will giving them the resources such as therapy if needed, classes on how to handle the anger, loss, and guilt of war.
One day they are on the battle zone 24-48 hours they are back home. They need the support of those who have had the same experience to work through their issues.
Breaking the stigma of the strong man can not be weak, war is hell.
This could help many.
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