Mandate Counseling for Veterans and their Families
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There should be a REQUIRED POST-WAR PROGRAM FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Five years ago today my son's father took his last breath after being severely beaten. Easter week 2012, I was helping his mother write his obituary, picking out suits for my 7 year old son... one so he could greet family members at his Daddy's visitation and another so he could proudly carry his Daddy's casket to his gravesite. Zachary James Gamble was found beaten and unconscious March 25, 2012 in the parking lot of an apartment complex in an Atlanta suburb. The four men serving prison time said he'd been talking about his time served in the Iraq War at a party and some found his stories offensive. This was his cry for help and that's how some in the community "rallied" around someone who fought for their freedom. While Zach served his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq, during one of which he stayed longer so others could return to their families sooner, I gave birth to our son not knowing if his Daddy would survive battle and return home to us. The hardship and stress of war added to the breakdown of our marriage when he returned. We had a limited support system, not because family and friends didn't want to help but because they didn't know how to help. I didn't know how to help a veteran who'd experienced the atrocities of war and Zach didn't know how to help a new Mom still anxious at the thought of losing her baby's father at war. These veterans and families need professional help, community support... or simply direction! Where do we go? Who helps us? A speech from your superior officer as you head home isn't going to help! A google search of how to help your veteran spouse doesn't help! There should be a REQUIRED POST-WAR PROGRAM FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES including counseling.
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