After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops by Matthew J. Friedman, Laurie B. Slone

By Matthew J. Friedman, Laurie B. Slone

Two specialists from the VA nationwide heart for PTSD offer a vital source for carrier participants, their spouses, households, and groups, sharing what troops particularly event in the course of deployment and again domestic. Pinpointing the most typical after-effects of battle and providing techniques for troop reintegration to way of life, Drs. Friedman and Slone hide the myths and realities of homecoming; reconnecting with wife and family members; anger and adrenaline; guilt and ethical dilemmas; and PTSD and different mental-health issues. With a wealth of group and executive assets, assistance, and recommendations, After the struggle Zone is a realistic advisor to supporting troops and their households hinder conflict area stresses from having a long-lasting damaging impact.

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Why wasn’t she just glad to have him back? Why didn’t she stop quizzing him and trying to get him to talk about everything that had happened in Iraq? The nightmares have not stopped. They won’t leave him alone and can’t seem to get enough of his attention. Why can’t they appreciate how good a life they already have instead of complaining that they are bored? He cannot believe he is feeling resentful because his own children seem to be acting like spoiled brats. From Laura’s perspective, things also seem to be a mess.

The following is a list of lessons we have learned from prior experiences of returnees: • Difficult living and working environments add to war zone stress. • Preparation for the psychological impact of war and preparation for what to expect following return from a deployment is necessary, the same way that tough conditioning for the physical demands of war is required. • Community and government agencies can help troops and families through readjustment by working together to prevent family breakdown, social withdrawal, isolation, employment problems, and issues with alcohol and substance abuse.

Recent technology has brought the frequency and quality of communication to new levels. Cell phones, media coverage, Web blogs—all of these mediums have placed information at our fingertips, eyes, and ears as never before. Email has also changed the face of communication from afar. Late one night,Tony called Laura at home. His two boys, Ben and Zak, were already off to school. The email made him simultaneously glad to see his son and sad to be so far away from his family. 9781600940545_Text 34 3/19/08 12:25 PM Page 34 AFTER THE WAR ZONE CREATING A COMMUNICATION PLAN At first, you might think that so many opportunities for communication are a wonderful bonus—no more going months and months waiting by the mailbox for the slightest word.

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