The battle for our men and women in the armed forces is hardly over when they’ve returned home from the battle field. In fact, for many, it’s when the real battle begins. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) afflicts almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, as many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans, 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan, and 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans.
It can make people act completely irrationally. Things that seem inconsequential to the average person can be a huge trigger of negative emotions for the war veteran. If there’s anyone who actually needs “trigger warnings” it isn’t the liberal whiners on America’s college campuses, it’s those who’ve been fighting for their lives on the battlefield.
Take this soldier, for example. On the Fourth of July, he put a sign on his front yard to ask that his neighbors be courteous with their fireworks, as the noise can bring a soldier back to the battlefield.
There are ways for soldiers to seek comfort for their PTSD. One of the most common sources of relief is a service dog who can provide unconditional love and support through the tougher days of recovery.
For Army veteran Joe Serna, who suffers from PTSD, being in enclosed spaces reminds him of a horrific event that took place while he served in Afghanistan.
So, when he was sentenced to one night in jail, he was immediately transported back to this awful night. He began to feel the anxiety rising up, but before it could get out of control, Judge Lou Olivera did something unbelievable for Serna.
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H/T Little Things