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Friday, July 12, 2013

Service members adjust to life after deployment if we do too

Service members adjust to life after deployment if we do too
De-tour Combat PTSD Survivor's Guide
Kathie Costos
July 12, 2013

This is what I usually heard whenever I was trying to warn a young wife what she had to look for should her husband come home with PTSD. They told me they had enough to worry about while they were gone. They didn't want to worry about anything else.

It was hard for me to counter how they felt since I never knew what it was like to have my husband deployed. We met 10 years after he got out of the Army. By that time, he had been married for six years and was getting divorced. While I had seen the worst of what PTSD can do, I had always wished he had been helped when he got home.

Back then there were plenty of excuses for telling them to just get over it. No one was talking about it, especially veterans like his WWII Dad. Families sure weren't talking outside about what was going on. It was all a secret no one was supposed to talk about. We learned that from our parents. Family secrets stayed in the family. Back then things were so much different.
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