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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 09:46 PM
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15. It is symptomatic of a much larger problem though. And to deny that,
Edited on Wed Jan-17-07 10:39 PM by Dover
to deny how deeply affected our soldiers are from this war, however it manifests...PTSD, anti-social behavior, vagrancy, outer wounds and/or a lifetime of inner woundedness...no one is left untouched. Nor would you be. And we do a diservice to our soldiers if we expect them to simply re-integrate back into OUR reality here at home, ignoring the immense changes, nightmares and horrors they carry home with them. We need to acknowledge it fully. Their reality will never be the same again and they need to be able to tell their stories without us blocking our ears, and shutting our eyes, expecting them to keep alive a myth of the great and noble military/U.S.A. that their altered reality knows is no longer truth. Their hero myths and concept of who/what our nation is, often gets shattered and darkly reformed. They carry our shadow. And we at home don't want to see our shadow. We like our illusions, and this just increases a soldier's isolaton. He's been to Hell and has no illusions.
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