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 and 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 counselors (or civilians) thought that the Vets coming home from WWII brought any problems home with them, they were supposed to be fine. Many of them weren't fine. Vietnam was a different war in many ways, but it was still war. Coming home I wasn't fine and neither were many of the Veterans I was talking with about our experiences. We called it Post Vietnam Syndrome and now they call it PTSD. I have been on the journey to find the core of me that has been missing. That journey has presented the privilege of working with men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Vietnam, Korea and WWII. Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), MST (Military Sexual Trauma) and recently Moral Injury and Soul Wound has been added. Gulf War (the first invasion) has given us GWS (Gulf War Syndrome) with medical problems effecting multiple physical systems. There are common issues 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.