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Why Combat Vets Have PTSD

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

There are a few things guaranteed to strike fear in the heart of even the strongest war veteran on his return to the United States from a tour in Iraq of Afganistan:

--a 3-year old who has just begun wearing big-kid underclothes squatted in the corner with a look of fierce concentration on his face;

--a little tiny voice from the back seat saying 'I gots to use the potty' when you are in bumper to bumper traffic;

--total silence from a room full of children;

--a boom/crash from the other room and the sound of many feet scampering in all directions;

--a boom/crash from the other room...and silence;

--the sound of a flush from a bathroom occupied only by a 2 year old;

--all the kids huddled in the corner, whispering, when all you can overhear are the words, "Don't tell Mom!"
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  • LODESTONE
    Those things don't just scare men or war vets! It's like hearing Uh-oh coming from another room too, and then things get quiet. It's like answering the door to a cop because someone from your house dialed 911 while practicing what a parent taught. The giggles give them away..... but that's another story!

    And my kids are now 40 and 37! Go figure. PTSD can affect mothers too.
    2164 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/18/2012 8:12:42 PM
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    LOL When my husband returned (we are on a Canadian base ) my 18 month old announced to her unilingual English speaking Father "Men speak french " and refused to say another word to him in English !
    2170 days ago
  • PAMBWS
    Small children can evoke fear in the fiercest of warriors.
    2171 days ago
  • BUDDYSMYFRIEND
    cute! emoticon
    2171 days ago
  • PHATPAT18
    lol
    2171 days ago
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