Mine has become a typical Vietnam Veteran Story, so I won't bother you by telling it. Just think of your own. But here are some hints of what you might be (or have been) experiencing.
I knew I was not ok, but I thought I was fine it was everyone else that was screwed up. I saw a counselor while I was still in service. Interesting, but didn't help. Saw a counselor while finishing my degree. Nope. Went to the VA. Really nope. Few knew or thought that the Vets coming home from WWII brought any problems home with them, they were fine. Well, many of them weren't fine Vietnam was a different war. I wasn't fine and neither were my friends. We called it Post Vietnam Syndrome and now they call it PTSD. I'm still on the journey to find the core of me that has been missing. That journey has presented the priveledge of working with men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanastan. Post Combat Stress (PTS), has been added to with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and MST (Military Sexual Trauma). Gulf War (the first invasion) has given us GWS (Gulf War Syndrome). There are common issue shared by those who serve in combat theatres, and common issues that their family experience after their Veteran returns Home.
OnBelay offers support for Veterans coming home, for their family, and for the community that welcomes them home.
Individual and couple counseling available on a fee-donation basis. Racine and Milwaukee locations.