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VETERANS: Show a little compassion, please

Letter by Cheryl D. Kopec, Tacoma on May 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm | 2 Comments »
May 31, 2010 12:21 pm

I belong to an online veterans listserv, and over the past day or two, reports have been pouring in of vets feeling out of sorts, listless, sad, having nightmares, wanting to isolate, etc. One list member summed it up by saying “something creepy is going on.” Another might have hit the nail on the head by remarking that after decades of therapy, he has realized that all the hoopla and ever-present reminders in the form of sales, tributes, etc., at this time of year can serve as triggers to vulnerable vets.

If you have a military veteran, especially a combat veteran, within your circle, now might be a good time to reach out with a listening ear or a helping hand. The mere gesture might make a world of difference to a veteran who feels forgotten amid all the national hype.

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