This article by Sebastian Junger details the re-integration experience of many combat vets.
"Though only 10 percent of American forces see combat, the U.S. military now has the highest rate of post-traumatic stress disorder in its history.
The first time I experienced what I now understand to be post-traumatic stress disorder, I was in a subway station in New York City, where I live. It was almost a year before the attacks of 9/11, and I’d just come back from two months in Afghanistan with Ahmad Shah Massoud, the leader of the Northern Alliance. I was on assignment to write a profile of Massoud, who fought a desperate resistance against the Taliban until they assassinated him two days before 9/11. At one point during my trip we were on a frontline position that his forces had just taken over from the Taliban, and the inevitable counterattack started with an hour-long rocket barrage. All we could do was curl up in the trenches and hope. I felt deranged for days afterward, as if I’d lived through the end of the world."
For the full article: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/05/ptsd-war-home-sebastian-junger
Yoga can help with the grieving process, too.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 26,000 stillbirths in the United States each year. Stillbirth is defined as a fetal death that occurs any time after 20 weeks of pregnancy until date of birth.
Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the ASU School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, is especially passionate about the matter after delivering her stillborn daughter at full-term four years ago. She sought healing and peace through yoga.
“Yoga is about being embodied, present, compassionate and expressing gratitude. It’s about having a relationship with the self and just 'being,'” Huberty said. “The principals that you learn on the mat and the relationship you build with the self enrich the life you live off of the mat.”
For the complete article: https://asunews.asu.edu/20150122-yoga-post-traumatic-stress-syndrome
Nancy Sherman's article on healing after a coming home.
The idea that war gives meaning to life is troubling to many of us, especially now as we think about our soldiers coming home from long years at war. Drawing from his own war experience, Ernest Hemingway spoke to the worry: “Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough, never really care for anything else thereafter.”
Nancy Sherman, Ph.D., is a philosophy professor and a fellow of the Kennedy Institute at Georgetown University. She is the author of The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers
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