posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 07:54 PM
Originally posted by cargo
I find this really bizarre. When you hear the term "homeless veterans" it conjures up images of aging men wearing a few pieces of their Vietnam era
uniforms while hanging out in the streets asking for change.
Yeah, only now, the familiar OD green or tiger stripe camoflage pattern and jungle boots will be replaced by the desert camo and suede desert
The transition from military to civilian life is a difficult one. I ended up homeless for some time, having a hard time coping with the unfamiliar
terms and conditions of the civilian world. You feel like you're leaving something that works well, and with purpose and reason, for something that
you can't figure out how or why it holds itself together. The bottom line is, the security that the military can provide, when all of a sudden
removed, can be a frightening thing, whether you've seen combat or not.
I feel really sorry for these guys who have been subjected to two and three times the violence and bloodshed through extended tours of duty than most
Vietnam era soldiers were expected to endure. This is going to make for an extremely difficult mission for the VA, as well as local social programs,
to be sure.
I really believe that after this war, we will have a solid and sound basis for the study of PTSD leading to more efficient treatment. Already I've
heard many stories of young Marines who have returned from a year in Iraq who just can't cope with this world and the horrific memories their heads
This situation feels like just the perfect vent for this uncomfortable 'Christmas Spirit' I'm currently experiencing. Good then.
If anyone out there can spare some time and effort, please use a little of it to do something for a soldier this holiday season. It can be a very
lonely time for some.