Action 58

I pursue life-affirming and uplifting activities that enable me to develop a sense of purpose and meaning in my life. I give back and engage in “pass forward” activities.

Useful Information

Many returning service members who have been transformed by their military experiences report such benefits as the development of self-discipline, increasing their stress tolerance and self-confidence, broadening their perspective on life, changing life priorities, improving relationships and increasing their sense of spirituality. Some even report a type of posttraumatic growth (PTG). As noted, PTG can coexist with PTSD symptoms and post traumatic stress can act as a catalyst or engine for the development of PTG.

Quotable Quotes

“As a result of my deployment I am more alive and aware at a pure psychological level than I had been for a long time.”

“I carry with me harrowing stories and memories, but also hopeful memories and pride in what we accomplished. I served my country.”

“To live is to suffer. To survive is to find meaning in the suffering. The ability to see something good in adversity is the central trait needed by all of us.”

“The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity, even under the most difficult circumstances, to add a deeper meaning to his life, remaining brave, dignified and unselfish.”

—Viktor Frankl, 1985

“Bad things happened. I can’t change what happened, but I can try to put my life back together and move on and hopefully help other people who had the same experience get better.”

Action 59