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The Impact of Iraq

June 25, 2014

I will not recap the current situation in Iraq as the international news community is covering it in detail daily. What most people do not realize is the impact this current situation can have on veterans of the wars in Iraq.

The wars in Iraq have damaged many of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have served in the country during the conflicts. Many have had to kill others and watched their friends die. They come home thinking about the “how” and “why” questions. Then this civil war of sorts breaks out in Iraq and opens new wounds.

For many with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), this new conflict can reopen the old wounds. They are asking questions like, “Was my friend’s death worth this?” Or “Are my wounds worth this?” These are natural questions. They are reflexive of sorts where they are trying to measure the cost they have paid against the current situation that is contrast to the desire of those who have fought.

June is the National PTSD awareness month. Many think these wounds will heal up after they get home. The reality is every person who has served in a combat zone leaves a little of them in the zone and brings a little of the zone home with them. While this is not necessarily a problem, some struggle with it and it interferes with their ability to function in a daily routine. This is a very simple description of what PTSD looks like. For some who have not dealt with PTSD, these current events and the disappointment that comes with them may be enough to start bringing up the feelings.

I just want to make you aware that for many of our nations warriors, this current war in Iraq is a huge deal and has implications here at home. For more of my writings on PTSD, check out these articles: https://anafalz.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/ptsd-and-the-church/ and https://anafalz.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/a-response-to-copeland-barton-on-ptsd/

 

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