Remembering the Vets, but some Vets want to forget.
November 11, 2015 1:40pm CST
It can be a difficult time of year for some vets and currently serving members of the Armed Forces, with Armistice day in the UK and Veterans day in the USA. Here in the UK the emphasis is on remembering the fallen of all the conflicts, and also paying tribute to those who have served and are serving. One of the issues for many living vets is that we have seen action and lost close friends - some times in horrendous ways. Many coping strategies are used to try to forget the details, to lock away the memories in a Pandora's box, however on this day some vets may feel increasing public pressure to reopen their Pandora's box to remember and relive. Yes, many Vets are proud of their service but there are many things that are best forgotten, or at least locked away. If you are talking to a veteran, please don't be too pushy for their memories as what might be an interesting story to you could be a deep old wound for them and you could upset the healing process.
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