Sunday, March 16, 2014

Collateral Damage: Children of Veterans

If you missed the CBS 'Sunday Morning' telecast this morning, you missed another must see and must think about! Added to all the Country isn't thinking about related to our wars of choice and after the magnetic ribbons etc. 'patriotism'!

Collateral damage: The mental health issues facing children of veterans
March 16, 2014 - How many of these homecomings have you seen on television since we went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan more than a decade ago? How many children, looking into a returning soldier's eyes for the parent who went away?

These are supposed to be happy endings, happily-ever-after moments. But often they are anything but.

"Before his deployment, he was always kind of the fun parent," said 15-year-old Abigail Barton, who lives in Newburgh, Ind., Her father, Aaron Barton, is a veteran of the Iraq war.

"I just figured he'd come home and he'd start, just like he used to, start taking us to the park, playing basketball, getting ice cream, all that stuff," said Abigail. "And it just immediately changed, it was completely gone."

"Yeah, I was scared to go out of the house at the time," said Aaron. "Crowds make me nervous. I'm always still looking for snipers." read more>>>

"Thirty Days With My Father" is a gritty memoir written by a woman haunted by what some psychologists describe as second-generation post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD"

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