Wow, this article really gets it.
I like that the article ends by acknowledging that with PTSD there is also growth.
If we grow through it, it loses the power to scare us any longer.
Emotions are part of being human and although we see our troops as superheroes, at the end of the day they are just like us. They need to grieve their losses, their experiences, their feelings of believing they could have or should have done more and they need the opportunity and the license to shed their tears without judgment. No one need feel sorry for them. I can tell you sympathy really gets some of them riled up because it's as if someone else's sorrow for them is holding them down, instead of helping them up. They are proud to serve and accept it willingly. Let's just make it okay for them to heal in peace, safety, and free of judgment one way or the other.
When we make it okay to feel what we feel, PTSD doesn't get to win the war inside of us.
Give them your hand when they are on their knees and show them they can still stand even when their tears must fall. They will be stronger for it.