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Don’t get drunk.

Don’t seek fights.
Don’t buy a gun.
Don’t rape your wife.

These statements are part of the re-integration narrative used to brief soldiers who are returning “from country” (war) to the United States. Those 14 words spoke volumes to me as I realized that the government is fully aware of the horrors of the war, but equally as aware of the potential damage those horrors will wreak on the mind of a veteran.

According to an October 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA), 30 percent of the 834,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been treated in a VA hospital for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I emphasize, “have been treated.” In addition to the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, over 23 million veterans live in the U.S., 14 million who have served during wars dating back to World War II.

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