>For Veterans Returning From War and Their Families

>I did my Talk Therapy radio program last Monday on war veterans returning from combat. You may want to catch it at http://www.ksgvradio.com. Although most of us appreciate the bravery of our soldiers and their efforts to protect us, I wonder how many of us really know and understand what a soldier deals with daily in combat and how difficult the transition back to civilian life can be. If you are a returning vet or a loved one of a vet; you should read this article!

The War Experience

Although U.S. military personnel receive extensive pre-combat training, war-zone experiences tax soldiers physically and emotionally in ways for which no training program can adequately prepare them. The horrors of war to which soldiers are exposed include:

•Reality-based fear of their own imminent death.
•Having to kill.
•Experiencing the sight, sound, and smell of dead or dying people (e.g., friends, civilians, enemy soldiers) with no opportunity to adequately grieve.
•Handling dead bodies and body parts.
•Observing devastated homes and communities and homeless refugees.
Even soldiers who have not been exposed to such traumatic experiences have endured daily, lower-magnitude events and circumstances which commonly exacerbate stress in war zones. Among these are: Read More>>>


About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com or http://www.eatingdisordersgroup.com
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