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Often forgotten following Remembrance Day, Veterans Day

Post by Trooper on Sun 19 Nov 2017, 7:11 pm

Gene Monin/Special to The Star
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition triggered by experiencing terrifying events in battle.

Sufferers may get flashbacks, nightmares or severe anxiety attacks, but worse, they feel no one can understand or feel their pain. They feel they suffer alone.

In past wars, soldiers came back with similar conditions called “shell shock,” after being exposed to continuous bombardment and other horrors of war.

The soldiers were simply sent back home without treatment.

We call it PTSD today which can occur in veterans. It is important to know that it is not due to any weakness in the soldier.

PTSD can result from feeling that those at home are ungrateful for their sacrifice and do not understand their feelings.
Our bodies guard against unendurable stresses by shutting down in stages; if untreated the result is complete breakdown.

Sick and wounded animals heed their body's warnings to slow down and rest. They stop eating and sleep to recover, using the body's natural healing processes.

I wonder if PTSD results when soldiers go home and suffer separation anxiety from fellow soldiers with whom they bonded into a brotherhood.

Retirees in civilian life experience separation from their work, and more importantly, cutoff from their friends at work.
Bonding is natural among groups of people.

It is hard for civilians to understand the support of the unit brotherhood. Soldiers in battle rely on each other completely in order to survive. The bond is stronger than family or country and is for life.

They deploy home and suddenly have to live without the support of the brotherhood. They miss the camaraderie and respect for their valiant efforts which they enjoyed in the forces.

In the forces they were somebody; back home few respect their sacrifices. They miss the uniform.

There is a brief interest by the general public in veterans around Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, but the rest of the year they are generally forgotten.

The support from Veteran's Affairs Canada falls short of support for our heroes. They have mental issues and end up living on the street. Many end their lives, and treatments may not address the bonding separation.

In the U.S., veterans form militias from their old units to revive the brotherhood in the forces.
Perhaps if we consider the value of brotherhood, we could incorporate it in treatment for PTSD.

We treat returning soldiers as if they could flip a switch back into civilian life and leave their memories behind.
It takes time and understanding of military life to support soldiers to peacetime.

Lest we Forget.

Contact Gene Monin at adios43@yahoo.com



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