(This is a discussion I posted on forum of Combatants for Peace)
Please, have a look at:
This documentary was released this summer by HBO; whole New York City was covered by shocking images of severely disabled ex soldiers, in their post war everyday life. On web site I posted a link for, you can have a look on their stories and to find a links for their blogs, as well as contacts.
One of the thinks that I have notice is most of the veterans talked very openly about support they got from wife's and families.
I worked allot on war veterans issue in my country - estimations are that we have close to half millions of them. I was my self war reporter as well.
Our society is very patriarchal; not on the way that being solo player as a woman is "strange" ore not accepted, but our men do not cry. They are not allowed to show pain and share it, especially not in public (even for a friend eyes only).
Serbia lost four wars for about 15 years. Serbian war veterans need to care this burden too.
In America, society understand role of wife in different way then we do. One of the reasons that insured me more in that is open talking about emotional breakdowns of ex USA combatants, as well equal involvement of their wife's in process of reconciliation. (of cores, we talking about possibilities that might be used ore not - I am not claiming there are not opposite examples in USA society, yet about social and cultural frame).
I would love to hear about your thought on this subject.
Many good wishes, Jelena
P.S.I never sow a story on female veteran PTSD.