OK in Iraq, But Wounded at Home

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Army National Guard Major Selina Herndon recently did an interview with the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she was asked how well her unit did once back home following a year-long deployment to Iraq in 2008-2009. She replied:

The only thing I had an issue with is that no one reported that they were having any post-traumatic stress issues in theater until they came back, and then I had Soldiers over at the Wounded Warrior Program and I’m wondering, “What the heck are you doing over there?”

They reported nothing in theater, and when we came back, I had four Soldiers hanging out over there. That kind of affected me a little bit because I wondered if they had played the system trying to get more money.

I do not know, sometimes for National Guard when you come back, your job is not always waiting on you. If your job was downsized, they can let you go just because the company has downsized. I do not know if they were staying on it because they did not have a job to come back to. If so, I guess I can kind of see that, but there were four who went there.


They don't say they need help because of several reasons.  One is that they want to go home as soon as possible, so they lie and deny they need help.  Some think they will get over it once they are back home.  Yes, some still believe that.  For others they still don't understand the rate of PTSD is 1 out of 3 exposed to traumatic events will have problems so when they look at the others they were with and see no problems in them, they don't want to talk about what is going on with them.  The Resilience Training told them they could become mentally tough if they trained right, so they think they are weak.  Too many reasons linger after too many years.


In-service suicides this year will surpass last year's record number.

 I have this ability to go over to the other side, so I did, and I asked them: “What the heck are you doing over there?”


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