When soldiers leave their country for the war, being emotionally healthy and physically fit is required in order to do their job well. After returning from the war, they are confronted with various 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. Physical disabilities that they might have suffered from the war include spinal cord injuries or amputation. Emotional reactions include getting furious, overwhelmed, empty, and sad. In addition, behavioral reactions include not wanting to talk, sleep disturbances, as well as feeling disconnected from surroundings. 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. They often feel hopeless and withdraws from their close friends and family members. For many of them, the sysmptoms of PTSD create a conflict between them and their friends and families. In addition, a number of those with PTSD do not want to seek professional help in order to avoid negative memories from the war, pessimism about seeking help, and disallowing other to help them and prefer to do it themselves. 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 usually have 10,000 calls per month. Every month, there are 850 suicide attempts by the veterans in the receiving care while 18 veterans die from suicide every day. They may sound despairing, but there are actually treatment options available such as medications and CBT.
It is very important for those returning war veterans to gain access to health care. 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. Some of these organization offer not only both physical and psychological needs but spiritual needs too. These groups and organizations are their to help reinvigorate the hope and sense of purpose of both the veterans and their families.