Why do many veterans want to re-enlist once they separate from the military?
Sense that I should be “back there” fighting with/for my buddies Sense that part of me is back on deployment Nothing will ever compare… Thinking about loss takes over everything else People piss me off and/or disappoint me all the time Everything feels trivial compared to military experience Hard to trust that other people genuinely care or could understand if they have never experienced military life Not getting the respect that was earned The University can be a cold, overwhelming bureaucracy and the hurdles can feel pointless.
Who do you talk to when it is hard to keep going? What does that source of support do that’s helpful? What kind of support doesn’t help?
AVOIDING UNHEALTHY COPINGFINDING SUPPORT Substance abuse Risky sex Driving too fast Fighting Avoidance U. Counseling Services VA/Vet Center Veteran Student Org. 12 step groups Religious organization School clubs/projects Volunteer work Honor society Communicate to partner Reassuming family roles Communicate to friends Listen to others’ perspectives
Level of social support seems to relate more to PTSD onset than to chronic course Spouses/relatives are a source of both support and stress Vet friends are cited as source of support with little stress Severe PTSD does not seem to erode family support (they stick around!) PTSD in vet often leads to vicarious trauma in partners, is linked to increased psych and health problems and poor child functioning Can conclude: different sources of support have different benefits and risks