For the family, home is no longer the safe haven but an unfamiliar front with unpredictable and sometimes frightening currents and events.
While awareness of PTSD has greatly increased with recently returning service members and veterans, it is not new and nor limited to combat.
There is a pressing need for young men to defend their country in the first sort of war. They are obviously well aware they will be asked to bully, torture and kill children, women and men, so they could not have that big an objection to doing it. I am just warning you of the dangers of selection one for a husband.
Women often write me protesting that they love their soldier husbands. Hollywood usually portrays soldiers as adult boy scouts.
Think of it as like a prose folk song, something a father might sing to his daughter. Usually in the first type there is a draft and in the second there is not, though there was a draft for the Viet Nam war. Why then do people enlist for the second type of war?
So powerful is that Hollywood image that Americans conveniently forget that their soldiers have killed well over a million Iraqi children.
That nobility might have described most of the soldiers in .
Don’t and II, but not the soldiers who volunteered for killing when their own nation was not attacked e.g. A more typical soldier today is a gang member who discovers the army is the only employer that will accept a loser like him, or a psychopath who wants free reign to loot, rape, torture and kill with almost no possibility of prosecution, at least from American courts.
Americans have no trouble believing soldiers from other countries are thugs, but insist their own are saintly. What drives this delusion is the same sort of idiotic pride that besotted the Nazis with their master race nonsense.