Combat Stress: The Invisible Injuries of War
In this brochure, you will learn more about combat/operational stress injuries and steps you can take to help heal them. You will discover that there are people and organizations ready to support you. You will see how, by taking care of yourself and your spouse, you can take better care of your young child.
You may be a spouse wondering why your Service member is having a hard time adjusting to being home. If you are a Service member, you may not be feeling like yourself and not know why. The answer may be an invisible injury of war—a stress injury.
No one suffers stress injuries alone. Adult family members may be frightened or unsure of what to do when faced with personality changes and unusual behavior of their Service member. Your baby or toddler can sense the tension in the air. When you are upset, on edge, or just plain exhausted, it can be hard to give her the hugs, cuddles, and time to play and laugh together that help her feel loved and safe. Learn more about what you can do and the resources available to you.
As saying good-bye is often so difficult, it seems saying hello should be easy. But homecoming can also be stressful. This handout provides advice for how to take care of yourself and your baby.