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. When they return from the war, they usually deal with many health issues. These veterans are dealing Traumatic Brain Injuries and Prolonged Grief Disorder. They could experience some eruptive behavior and this may include unwanted memories, poor sleep, withdrawal from family and friends, and have higher rates of alcohol and drug disorder. Amputation and spinal cord injuries are examples of physical disabilities they may get after the war. Emotional reactions include getting furious, overwhelmed, empty, and sad. Feeling detached from their surroundings, not talking and sleep disturbances are just some of the behavioral reactions they might experience. They may also have spiritual reactions like feeling of hopelessness, abandonment, renouncing of their faith, as well as loss of purpose. It is true that adjusting to life following the war is not easy, so much more with the additional weight that these symptoms places on these returning veterans, and that is when problem occur. 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. There are several war veterans who loss their sense of purpose in life and experience hopelessness. 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. Most of them do not want to tell traumatic events from the war to those who were never really involved in combat, that is why they usually create an aura of impossible reserve. The VA’s suicide hotline receives about 10,000 calls monthly. A total of 950 suicide attempts occurred each month by the returning veterans receiving care and 18 veterans die by suicide each day. Even though the condition seems despairing, treatment options like CBT or medications are always available for them.
It is very important for those returning war veterans to gain access to health care. There are many organizations and groups whose mission is to give aid to returning veterans that gives holistic help when these war veterans return from the war. A lot of these groups not only address their psychological and physical needs but also the spiritual needs. These groups and organizations help both the returning veterans as well as their families to reinvigorate their hope and give back their sense of purpose.