Being emotionally healthy and physically fit are just some of the requirements for the soldiers before going to a war. When they return from the war, they usually deal with many health issues. Most veterans deal with Prolonged Grief Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries. They might face certain undesirable memories, suspicions, poor sleep, and higher rates of drug and alcohol disorder. Physical disabilities that they might have suffered from the war include spinal cord injuries or amputation. Emotional reactions usually include feeling of sadness, empty, overwhelmed, and guilt. Moreover, they may face behavioral reactions such as feeling separated from their surroundings, turning down discussions, and sleep disturbances. Furthermore, spiritual reactions include abandoned faith, uninterested about their future, feeling of abandonment, and loss of purpose. It is true that adjusting to life following the war is not easy, so much more with the additional weight that these symptoms places on these returning veterans, and that is when problem occur. This has resulted in a new awareness regarding the need to implement efficient treatments in order to aid these brave soldiers.
Some veterans even think of killing themselves by taking prescribe medications without any medical supervision. A lot of veterans are experiencing rage, withdrawal from family members, fiends, and their community. For some war veterans, the symptoms from PTSD make problem between them and their family and friends. In addition, a number of those with PTSD do not want to seek professional help in order to avoid negative memories from the war, pessimism about seeking help, and disallowing other to help them and prefer to do it themselves. Most of them do not want to tell traumatic events from the war to those who were never really involved in combat, that is why they usually create an aura of impossible reserve. The VA’s suicide hotline receives about 10,000 calls monthly. Every month, there are 850 suicide attempts by the veterans in the receiving care while 18 veterans die from suicide every day. They may sound despairing, but there are actually treatment options available such as medications and CBT.
It is very important for those returning war veterans to gain access to health care. There are actually a lot of organizations and help groups whose missions are to help the returning veterans and they usually offer them a holistic approach to deal with them when they come back from the combat. A lot of these groups not only address their psychological and physical needs but also the spiritual needs. These organizations and groups exist in order to help not just veterans but also their respective families so as to reinvigorate their hope and sense of purpose in life.