The Vietnam War was a time of great turmoil and unrest. Many U.S. flew overseas to Vietnam to engage in combat. Having left their families behind, this was the greatest sacrifice many U.S. soldiers made. Fighting with great honor, many died in battle and never returned back to their families. The high death toll was in itself a testimony to the great challenge faced by these heroes.
Many U.S. soldiers never made it back home. Of those that survived the great struggle, many suffered from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). This video sheds light on the lives of the U.S. soldiers that were involved in warfare.
From this video we are able to gain more insight into the challenges faced by these soldiers. Many never returned to their homeland and died in warfare in honor of their country.
One’s physical health is often focused on by the media with greater emphasis than other aspects of one’s health. For many soldiers that have witnessed traumatic events in their field of work, mental health is of much greater concern. The extremely graphic scenes from the battlefield can plague the subconscious mind and reappear episodically, causing the induvial much distress. The typical scenario of re-experiencing traumatic events from the past is characteristic of PTSD.
It is highly encouraged that soldiers seek psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat the symptoms of PTSD. There is a direct relationship between one’s mental health and physical health. Therefore, we should not overlook the importance of seeking to attain optimal mental health. The support of family and friends also plays an important role in a soldier’s progress towards complete recovery. Soldiers who are without family find benefit in keeping a pet. Dogs and cats make great companions and can certainly provide individuals with closure that cannot otherwise be provided for whatever circumstances. As always, we wish our soldiers a long and prosperous life!