Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Culture shock. After living one way with a certain culture (military) for that long, and that being the 'normal' it is tough to come back and see what used to be home as 'normal' again. Especially how people don't appreciate what they have here. Depression, anger, etc are all pretty much par for the course. Don't expect him to be the same or act the same or want to do the same things as he used to.
I don't know how pro-military or not where you live is, but remember- for Soldiers, what we do is just our job. I don't know anyone who thinks of themselves as a 'hero' or anything like that. There's always someone who gave more. We just do what we're trained to do and usually it works out. It's awkward and uncomfortable when people try to make it anything else, which can lead to a lot of wanting to avoid get togethers since civilians/other people who can't really relate always seem to want to talk about it.