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Life After Combat

Life After Combat

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Published by Ken Jones, PhD
Nations go to war. Human beings go into combat. War is a media event. Combat is savagely personal. War will eventually recede. The media will move on. The memories of combat will remain with our troops for a lifetime. This book is for the families and friends of our troops returning from combat.
Nations go to war. Human beings go into combat. War is a media event. Combat is savagely personal. War will eventually recede. The media will move on. The memories of combat will remain with our troops for a lifetime. This book is for the families and friends of our troops returning from combat.

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Published by: Ken Jones, PhD on Mar 30, 2010
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Life After Combat
Ken Jones, PhD
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 In 1967- 68 I was a track commander with the 11
th
Cavalry.I started in the Iron Triangle working with the 173
rd
Airborne – OperationJunction City. Then we went north to central I Corp and worked with the25
th
Infantry, 3
rd
Marine Division, 101
st
Airborne, and ROK Marines.In October of ‘67 we were redeployed to the Cambodian border west of LocNinh, working with the 1
st
Infantry Division and elements of the 101
st
.During Tet ’68 we joined the 101
st
in retaking Bien Hoa and then movedback into the Iron Triangle. The last time I got blown up was eight daysbefore I was due to come home.The result of these actions for me was a serious dose of combat inducedPTSD. I sucked up the pain for 12 years. In 1980 I stopped by the VetCenter in Anchorage, Alaska because I thought I was going insane. It wasthere that I began the long journey home.Along the way I wrote a book,
When Our Troops Come Home 
, about what itfelt like to try to recover some sense of a meaningful life after combat. Ialso spent eight years as a volunteer and staff counselor at the AnchorageVet Center.American troops are again returning from foreign wars. Again troops andtheir families will struggle to understand and resolve the effects of combat.Across the generations Vietnam veterans are reaching out to welcometroops home – and to make sure that this generation of warriors will nothave to endure what we did.
Life After Combat 
is one such effort to help.
Ken JonesF Troop2
nd
Squadron11
th
Armored Cavalry Regiment 
 
Contents
An Introduction to Life after Combat 4Cultural Identity 6Traditional Initiation 8Military Initiation 9Immersion in Absurdity 12The Acute Trauma Threshold - Part 1 14The Acute Trauma Threshold Part 2 16Combat Survivor Profile - The Hawkeye 17Combat Survivor Profile - The Grunt 20Love in an Altered State 21Other Time 23Survivor Guilt 24Combat Induced Depression 26It Will Never Be the Same 28Emotional and Existential Death 30Different Cultural Identities 33The Journey Home 35

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A truly heartfelt, absorbing story of life after combat, from a counselor who spent time working with returning veterans at the Anchorage Vet Center. With so many combat veterans returning to our shores from Iraq and Afghanistan, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an important topic to understand.
As a poor girl sent off to fight rich men's wars, what I have learned is, among others, that G.I. Joe and Jane, flung into the most terrible of power in war making the world safe for King Midas and his Twelve Croesuses, then bound to discourtesy and neglect in days of order. Pamela Olson, USAF Veteran
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