There is something special about having been “brothers-in-arms” that those of us who've never served in the military cannot entirely understand. While we might not be able to understand it completely, we can recognize it when we see it, and we can certainly learn some valuable lessons.
We know that not all of the wounds that are suffered in combat zones are physical. Military personal can suffer terrible emotional trauma that leaves them sometimes only a shell of the person they were before they deployed. Our fathers who fought WWII called it “shell-shock.” Today it goes under names such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
The emotional baggage these men and women bring back with them often create serious problems for themselves and their families. While there is no substitute for professional help, just the presence of another vet who understands can be huge.
For one of the most remarkable examples of putting action to the the idea of “brothers-in-arms,” check out page two.