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Emotional sequelae of sexual assault.

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Returning from the War Zone A Guide for Military Personnel Returning from the War Zone A Guide for Military Personnel 1 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs September 2010 Welcome home! Thank you for your service to our country. You and your loved ones can now breathe a big sigh of relief as you return home from this deployment. You have served your country well, and have helped others gain the same rights and privileges that we take for granted here in the U.S. Your experiences in the military and during deployment have helped make you more responsible, a better leader, and team player. They will stay with you for the remainder of your life. You have grown but you have also faced many challenges. You may have received incom- ing fire or witnessed the death or injury of friends or other military personnel, civilians, or enemy com- batants. You may have survived an attack with very serious injuries as a result of a bombing, mine blast, IED, or accident. Being in an unfamiliar setting and an unfamiliar culture may have complicated these experiences even further. All the while, you were in full military mindset. Adjusting to Life at Home It can be difficult to change to a “civilian” mindset once you are back at home with family, friends, co- workers, and U.S. civilians. However, many people have successfully made this transition—and you can, too. The purpose of this guide is to help you shift gears and begin your next phase of life at home with your family. For those of you who have deployed more than once, you might expect that with each deployment, the emotional cycle will become easier. But things may actually become more difficult. This is espe- cially the case if you have unresolved problems from previous separations and reunions. Each deployment is also different from the last. Reunion can also be a time of considerable stress for both you and your family. You may find

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