I can tolerate distress and handle and overcome my emotional pain that comes with feeling disconnected. I need to recognize how things have changed at home and on my job. I can now talk to someone about these feelings and begin to work out a “game plan” on what to do.
“Coming from combat to home is not an easy task. It’s hard to explain how I feel to anyone…I have changed a lot—some for the better, some for the worse. Before Iraq I didn’t have any plans or goals. Now I do. I might not be as happy as I used to be, but I am getting there. Some days it’s hard.”
—Anonymous U.S. soldier after returning from a 15 month deployment in Iraq
“I have developed a willingness to live with physical and emotional pain, while engaging in important daily activities. I have learned to control what I can and accept what I cannot control.”
—A wounded amputee service member
Instead of keeping my emotional pain to myself and stuffing feelings, I can reach out to others. For example, I can call the “Veterans Lifeline” (1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK). If you need immediate help, call 911. (See Action #81 for additional resources, websites and agencies).