In the beginning, yes, with the exception of my wife, they like to pull my triggers as well to make me feel bad about my decision to serve. Chalking it up to a phase or similar to puppy love in terms of my seriousness. My wife, father and step-father understood though and never did this. My time deployed, having a son and becoming a Noncommissioned Officer have effectively aided me in becoming more resilient. It is my belief that our triggers are there usually because we have no support. But, a little support, from wherever it may be, is enough to begin the path to healing. After pulling away from those who would not support me, I now find myself rebuilding the estranged relationship with my family who have become more supportive since my reenlostmnet and the birth of my son. Life is funny that way, as it would turn out, patience and persistence is ke. This is a lesson I wish I’d have learned sooner
No and no. My family likes to make believe that there is nothing wrong. Because they don't want to believe that my service has had any lasting effects on me, they choose not to waste time trying to understand what may or may not make things more difficult. This is partly the reason why I choose to not spend much time around my family.
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