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. After returning from the war, they are confronted with various health issues. They often faced with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Prolonged Grief Disorder. They might face certain undesirable memories, suspicions, poor sleep, and higher rates of drug and alcohol disorder. Amputation and spinal cord injuries are examples of physical disabilities they may get after the war. They may also feel empty, guilty, and sadness upon returning. In addition, behavioral reactions include not wanting to talk, sleep disturbances, as well as feeling disconnected from surroundings. Additionally, they might also have spiritual reactions which include abandoned faith, feeling disinterested about their future, and loss of purpose. It is a fact that it is not easy for the returning veterans to adjust their lives after the war, and the additional troubles these symptoms bring can drain their psyches even more, and that is when problem usually come in. This then caused a new awareness with regards to the need to execute effective treatments for these war veterans.
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 of them, the symptoms of PTSD create huge problem for them and their family members as well as their community. 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. Some of them find it difficult to share traumatic events with those who never experience combat, so they often feel reserved. The VA’s usually have 10,000 calls per month. There are 950 suicide attempts every month by the returning veterans in the receiving care and 18 veterans die by suicide every day. The condition might seem despairing but a lot of treatment options are 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 help both the returning veterans as well as their families to reinvigorate their hope and give back their sense of purpose.