Not all wounds are visible.
Invisible injuries can remain long after the battle is over: depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injuries among them. The symptoms aren’t always clear, and may not be what you think. Like any wound, they can fester and worsen if ignored. They can get in the way of being a parent, sibling, soldier, friend and co-worker.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Seeking help sooner rather than later can spare you and those around you a lot of pain.
Many vets learn to cope with these wounds, and come away stronger. One Iraq vet who fought to get his life back on track describes a renewed sense of purpose. “You know, I almost died, so I figured there’s a lot of stuff I need to do.” He went on to start a nonprofit outdoor adventure group for disabled people.