Dating a combat veteran
After much hesitation he called his contact at the VA and asked to be referred to a support group.He attended a few sessions, and discovered that he was not alone with his dilemma.George finally had the courage to ask Maria for a date to the local pizzeria.She reported to her girlfriends, that although he seemed interested in her, he was very hesitant.Another way is to start a light, brief chat with a woman you see often, such as a supermarket cashier, a bank employee, a nurse, a neighbor, a co-worker, or any other location that you go to sort of regularly.George did that with the woman in the supermarket, Maria.It’s important to be aware of her experience and show compassion for her as she does for you.One area that presents a potential difficulty is that the woman may not understand some of your reactions, because she doesn’t know what you lived through.
She was startled out of her sleep when he would suddenly sit up straight in the bed and yell: “Incoming fire! It took months of patience and counseling, both for George as an individual and in a group, and for them as a couple, before he was comfortable enough to do those things he used to do before his deployment.
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When you suffer from post-war PTSD dating can be challenging.
It was the love that developed between them, and the trust he had in her to protect him, that allowed George to slowly, almost, return to himself.
The woman in the relationship experiences the effects of PTSD as well.
You’re always by yourself, didn’t used to be like that.” George cringed.