Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Back Home, and Homeless
*Stolen from Julie's blog, but so powerful and well written I wanted to repost.
"Four and a half years in the Army, including 16 months as an infantryman in eastern Afghanistan, provided plenty of skills with no legal application in the civilian world. It was, however, wonderful preparation for being homeless."
Based on this article, homelessness with war veterans, especially young vets, is a serious and growing issue. It was profoundly upsetting to read the writer's thoughts of wanting to be back in the comfort and stability (in a way) of Afghanistan.
"Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist with the Veterans Administration who earned a MacArthur Genius Grant for his work on behalf of vets, wrote that combat post-traumatic stress disorder is 'a war injury.'"