Combat veterans with PTSD stretching VA resources…

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2011-11-29/PTSD-cases-rise/51476604/1

In my book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story, I write about my Dad, Vernon, who suffered dearly for many years as a result of 66 months of continuous combat duty during WWII.  Back then it was called “battle fatigue.”  Today’s wars show a comparison to extended duty in combat and how it increases the risk of depression among combat veterans according to a front page article in USA Today, included in the above link.  I write more about “extreme guilt” as one of the major symptoms causing combat veterans and the VA huge concern.  Troops who see buddies killed and carnage all around them are pushed out of the normal range of the human moral compass.  It is troubling and painful to live with the on-going thoughts of killing, death, and destruction for combat veterans. Treatment is critical because without help from appropriate medications and psychotherapy, the families of veterans are at risk, creating an inter-generational legacy of war as it did in the case of my family over a 70 year period.  When I think of my Dad’s suffering, it is sad.  It is especially sad to think about how this invisible wound, PTSD, impacts families for a lifetime.  In addition to my book, War and the Soul by Edward Tick, Phd., will help connect the dots with regard to how the soul flees these men and women who are exposed to extreme trauma in combat.

Steve Sparks
Author