Many Veterans returning from war time service suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Consider these facts:

— More than 2 million men and women have served in the military since 2001 during our nation’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
— 37,000 Massachusetts men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, including branches of National Guard and Reservists.
— Approximately half of these enlisted veterans are deployed more than once, and many more than five times.
— There are many, many more current service members with families than in our nation’s past.

Symptoms of combat stress can occur anytime after returning home, and if the symptoms don’t go away, it’s important for individual service men and women to seek help. Do you know a veteran, or family friend, with behavioral symptoms which may include: difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, fatigue, constantly feeling on alert, feeling numb, feeling irritable, avoiding people and places that are stressful? Are they showcasing signs of memory problems, lack of concentration, and general anxiety?

As our veterans return to their communities following service deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, they attempt to adjust to a new and different civilian life. For many veterans and families, there is a medical need for clinical care, counselling, and support services in order to deal with the invisible wounds of war.

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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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