you are still fighting
For many service members, the war doesn't end when we come home.
The battle continues against an unseen enemy who is attacking our mind and spirit. The war we fight is not against flesh and blood. And, in too many cases, the enemy is winning. Trauma happens to us veterans during combat, serving those who were in combat or being a veteran spouse. Too often, that trauma is compounded by a series of poor decisions upon returning home. It is as if this combat trauma has reduced our spiritual defense systems and left us vulnerable to a myriad of even more dangerous life choices that may lead to addiction, homelessness or even suicide.
Every one of us have had that moment in the dark on the couch enveloped by memories.