As I watched the news today, I was saddened by the story of the soldier who returned from Iraq, and because of what he experienced there, is now constantly filled with anger, frustration, bad memories, and the feeling that no one can help him and that no one cares. He is suffering, and as a result, his wife and children are suffering. Some say the military does not care for its soldiers. I would suggest that it is not that they don't care, they are just unsure of what to do to help. I felt led to create this blog just to try and get a few helpful thoughts out to others who may be experiencing these same kinds of feelings.
The most important thing for you to remember is that the brain is a very complicated part of each one of us, and the way each of us reacts to trauma is completely different. Your experience will be totally unlike that of someone else with whom you served. It does not reflect on the kind of person you are. It just means that the way your brain processes the emotions you are feeling and the memories you have are unique to you.
I hope you will find some of the thoughts and ideas shared here helpful, and more than anything, that you know how very proud America is of you, and how grateful we are for your service.