“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder than can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event.”
This is the Wikipedia description for PTSD. Anyone can look it up, you hear about it, you can think, ‘yes I get that, God knows what these serving boys and girls have seen and been through.’ You can try and imagine, but that is all you can do.
With brutal and heart breaking honesty, the reader is given an insight into broken hearts, bodies and minds – and hell. Their hell and held down in it by the invisible weight that comes from sights, sounds, smell, screams, and pain that no one can imagine but can feel and experience through the words of such personal accounts of those who have lived that life and must now live this life.
A life where not only is there nothing that can make that all go away, eradicate it – that is impossible. But a life where these men and women are constantly let down by society, often by those who loved them before they went to serve but cannot cope when they return home, to a government who turns its back on them, reneges on its covenant, on its promises and on its duty to men and women who have lost so much through serving their duty.
This book is an emotional roller coaster, a book which makes you cringe with distaste that our troops could be so badly let down on so many levels. The pain smells and hurt are all tangible in the personal accounts and the facts and figures that author has researched so carefully and put together. Personal relationships that can’t cope and the hurt from that are one thing, you can see if not understand how that happens and are often around issues that cannot be controlled.
However, the government can control how it helps the men and women who have served their country – and chooses not to.