For anyone who has known a returning wartime veteran in recent years, there is an awareness and great concern over the condition known as “post traumatic stress disorder”. Veterans young and old, male and female, who are subjected to the stress of combat can experience great difficulty in the process of re-adjustment to civilian life. And many are forced to deal with an “invisible wound.”

Coming home after a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan is challenging for everyone, and most service members and veterans will experience some signs of stress. But for many people, symptoms of combat stress get worse. For some, signs of combat stress or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may not appear for several months after they come home.

    Veterans and family members are affected.

It is estimated that one in three returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are vulnerable to post combat stress and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), which are the result of exposure to explosions in the war theater which produce blast fields and blast waves which affect the biological functions of the body.

Post traumatic stress disorder, or combat stress, are terms used to describe the conditions which affects hundreds of thousands of veterans. Many military personnel returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grapple with combat stress and/or traumatic brain injury. This is normal…it is the human body’s reaction to a traumatic event. But our veterans need professional, medical help to live a normal, healthy life.

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– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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