My buddy and I were talking about our jobs in the Army and how they contributed to our trauma. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it. The military trains their soldiers to dehumanize the enemy. It's part of the training. As a linguist, I did not have this 'luxury'. It actually made it even harder for me because I could understand everything going on around me and I got to deal with the personal tragedy of others on a constant basis. If you are a compassionate person, it is hard not to become emotionally affected by this. It makes it that much harder to see people as anything other than that...people. I fervently pray that no one ever has to see the kind of abject suffering I experienced when I was there.
As I continue my life with PTSD, I will share my challenges and discoveries on this blog.