In this blog, I try to provide service professionals (e.g., mental health clinicians, physicians, attorneys, educators) in the broader community a deeper understanding of the psychological, social, and spiritual challenges faced by veterans returning to civilian life after serving in combat, so that professionals may more effectively “pave the road back” for these men and women to have meaningful lives relieved of the pains of their past and opened to the possibilities of their future.
To do this, I try to listen as carefully and as openly as I can to combat veterans, to their sufferings, their regrets, their pride, their camaraderie, their challenges and their hopes, both in person and in correspondence. My goal is to document as faithfully and as deeply as I can what they tell me and what others are trying to do for them.
Given that, I welcome all input, but especially input from the men and women who served. Please feel free to comment, critique, ask questions, suggest, whatever. It is a privilege to be a fellow professional with many of you. It is even more a privilege to work with each of you who served, and if I can be of help in spreading the word for each of you, I am most grateful.
Please note: if ever I post about an encounter with a veteran, know that I have written a fictional account, but one that does reflect my encounters with the men and women who have bravely shared with me.