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originally posted by: mindseye1609
a reply to: ladyinwaiting
I work with some vets with Ptsd too. That's a very confusing and misunderstood area of study. I hold a firm belief that head trauma leads to horromone imbalance which helps progress the spiraling. (In some cases )
Also just to highlight the other side of this argument, I've met and s pokem at length with more then a few enlisted men that have some just plain gruesome stories..... And they love every second. Stories of knife kills told through smiles bigger then a kid at a carnival. Heard one guy tell about how his mk48 blew this guys arm off and he laughed so hard when he told me this, "HAH TOOK HIS FREAKIN ARM RIGHT OFF.. IT WAS AWSOME!"
O i'm sure some of that is just coping but I garantee you theirs plenty that made all the right calls and doesn't feel bad about any of their time there.
It takes a unique person to go to war and transition back successfully butts possible. Don't count on every vet being a depressed anxiety ridden suicide watch case, many are just kicking back waiting for the bell to ring and the next round to start.. Just chompin at the bit.
If this man risked his life for his fellow soldiers than yes he is a hero. The criteria for a hero should never be how many people they have neutralized.