If every soldier received the sort of welcome home, and community support as Lt. Nadd, would PTSD be a significantly less serious, and/or shorter-lived malady?
It would be much better than us coming home to people calling us "pawns, thugs, and baby killers"...
It has to do with prolonged and sometimes sudden exposure to extreme stress.
I don't doubt that. I just think that a supportive, loving community waiting to welcome you home with open arms would be significantly helpful in mitigating the effects of that stress.
It is certainly helpful in the healing process. Unfortunately, the govt is doing just the opposite in setting things up to be hostile to Veterans with this affliction and are attempting to remove their right to bear arms because of their issue.
My thought is, if they come home knowing that we're proud of them for doing their job well, it might help to mitigate any undue guilt about the nature of that job well done.
No - PTSD is about what a soldier experiences in theater - a nice homecoming is just that - it doesn't take away the horror of war
Yup. This is trying to oversimplify a very difficult condition.
Not sending them in the first place is the best way to combat PTSD.
It would most likely help the vet in reaching out to get help, it wouldn't necessarily solve the isses though. I think making them feel safe *is* the first step.
It might for some. But I don't think it would change the treatment any. Finding meaningful jobs would also help.