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Coming Home Twenty-four hours a day over the course of five months, soldiers learn how to live in extremely dangerous and chaotic environments, to detach themselves from emotions other than anger, and to conduct missions that would be considered objectionable in civilian life in order to eliminate the threat to those they have been engaged to protect. Intense camaraderie, accountability, adrenaline, and sense of purpose provide insulation during combat, allowing soldiers to serve for extended periods of time, and, for some, across several deployments. But when soldiers leave the base and return to civilian life, they lose that insulation almost overnight. Although they are no longer on the battlefield, they often continue to experience the trauma of the battlefield, a condition known as PTS or Combat Operation Stress. "Six months after I returned from Iraq, I still responded like I was there," Lambert explains. "Walking down the street, I stopped every third step and scanned rooftops and ledges, looking for snipers. It's hard to let your guard down when you get home. If you We understand more about what did that in Iraq you could get people killed." veterans have been through and people The onset of PTS, symptoms of which include constantly feeling on alert, irritability, isolation, insomnia, difficulty concentrating of how they may have felt about the wars or their outcomes. ★ Stanley Spear / Veterans' Services Officer 88 and relaxing, and for some, feeling nothing at LUCIE HOLLOWAY We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 are reaching out to them, regardless all, can take place any time after veterans return home. Treatment includes a combination of unwinding battle-ready mindsets and

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