When soldiers leave to go to the war, they make sure that they are physically fit and emotionally healthy in order to serve their country well. Upon their return, they are face with several health issues. Most veterans deal with Prolonged Grief Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries. They can also experience some undesired flashbacks from the war such as poor sleep, suspicions, erratic behavior, as well as higher rates in both alcohol and drug disorder. Amputation and spinal cord injuries are examples of physical disabilities they may get after the war. They may also feel empty, guilty, and sadness upon returning. Feeling detached from their surroundings, not talking and sleep disturbances are just some of the behavioral reactions they might experience. Additionally, they might also have spiritual reactions which include abandoned faith, feeling disinterested about their future, and loss of purpose. It is a fact that it is not easy for the returning veterans to adjust their lives after the war, and the additional troubles these symptoms bring can drain their psyches even more, and that is when problem usually come in. This has resulted in a new awareness regarding the need to implement efficient treatments in order to aid these brave soldiers.
Some veterans even think of killing themselves by taking prescribe medications without any medical supervision. They often feel hopeless and withdraws from their close friends and family members. For some war veterans, the symptoms from PTSD make problem between them and their family and friends. Additionally, some returning war veterans who have PTSD are very reluctant to get some help because they do not feel the need to rely to others, feel pessimistic about getting help, and they wanted to remember the nasty memories from the war. Some of them find it difficult to share traumatic events with those who never experience combat, so they often feel reserved. The VA’s suicide hotline receives about 10,000 calls monthly. Every month, there are 850 suicide attempts by the veterans in the receiving care while 18 veterans die from suicide every day. The condition might seem despairing but a lot of treatment options are available such as medications and CBT.
It is very essential that they have access to the best health care or support group. There are actually a lot of organizations and help groups whose missions are to help the returning veterans and they usually offer them a holistic approach to deal with them when they come back from the combat. A lot of these groups not only address their psychological and physical needs but also the spiritual needs. These organizations and groups exist in order to help not just veterans but also their respective families so as to reinvigorate their hope and sense of purpose in life.