“In a combat zone there is no “in between,” no “gray area,” no “slightly pissed off,” or slightly
in danger. Any circumstance that is the least bit threatening is considered a matter a life
and death (and rightfully so). In Iraq or Afghanistan, your Veteran couldn’t take the chance
of responding to any threat without full “I’m going to kill you” rage.”
The rage that often comes with an outburst caused by a trigger is scary, inexcusable, but explainable. I observed this type of rage so many times while growing up, it now looks like one huge monster rage… Now I know why my Dad behaved this way. I also know why all of our family members behaved this way after many years of toxic living in our childhood years at home. We were traumatized too… It is clear why we were anxious to get out of the house each day, and hated to go home. If we had know why long ago, something could have been done about it. I can’t turn back the clock, but can stress the critical need to know why, which kicks in the journey of healing. Problems never get solved unless they are identified… Buy my book and learn more about our post WWII family experience, and check out all the references and resources available on my blog. Make getting educated on life after war challenges, moral injury, and PTSD a top priority!
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story