PTSD and Jobs

September 9, 2011

This is an area that really concerns me- Soldiers and jobs.  By soldiers I am talking all soldiers, which includes the PTSD sufferers who may comprise up to 30% of those returning.  Since the unemployment rate is already 9% and potentially rising I don’t know where these hundreds of thousands of returning military men and women will fit in.   Right now they are gainfully employed in the military but once they return, that may not be the case.

So how does that affect the PTSD sufferer and the PTSD family ?  When I returned home from Vietnam I had no job.  I had been in the service working in Military Intelligence and I had already decided that I didn’t want to pursue this as a career choice.  I had no prospects and my previous three years had been spent training and learning about Intelligence.  Neither of these things, time spent nor specific training, prepared me for my next  job.  I had none of the job training in something that might have been a stepping stone to a career.  I wasn’t prepared to go back to school yet so the prospect was, living at home and trying to decide what exactly to do with the rest of my life.  Just the prospects of going back to living at home seemed like a setback to me.

If you have children this is not an unusual phenomenon.  Kids leaving high school and/or college are faced with this same dilemma which I was facing returning home from Vietnam except I was now 3 years older.  It was very depressing and exactly the opposite of what a PTSD sufferer needs.  If the PTSD sufferer is married it heightens the pressure to find work so that they can start producing revenues to replace what they had lost by leaving the military.  Since  jobs are not plentiful and rejections more prevalent, I am concerned about the deepening depression that could be encountered by PTSD sufferers

To compete in this fast paced World of today, each potential employee needs to be at the top of his/her game.  Having to carry the burden of PTSD only increases the chances of failure.  These are realities that the sufferer and his/her spouse needs to face as soon as possible.  Get help if you are a PTSD victim , reach out to others if you are not.  We are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  Come post your story.  It is free and it can start the healing process.  Sunlight is the best disinfectant.