“PTSD is a thief. It steals your job, it steals your sleep, it steals your family, it still is your identity, it’s steals your life”.
This is what my Vet told a young Marine who suffered a breakdown and hospitalization. This is the fight. Fighting the “thief”. I have observed my husband struggle with this thief for 17 years. I didn’t know what PTSD was. I didn’t know what depression was. I’d heard about them and even read a little about them. What I know now is that love and understanding are key in living with this fight, but counseling, a support group of veterans, as well as family, and your vet’s will to live his best life is what gets him back.
My vet could not have navigated to this point without at some point deciding whether he wanted to stay where life was comfortable in a “bunker” …or in the world with the rest of us.