Nobody likes to be ignorant and not know, so I’ve heard this story a lot, we say, you know, my friend who lives down the street, he went to Iraq and he’s not doing so well.And they want somehow show that they know about my PTSD because Bob that works three cubicles down from them has PTSD, and so unless you live with someone who has PTSD, you have a spouse, son, daughter, mother – you’re intimately connected, just accept your ignorance.And so if you tell someone, any time you need to talk – give me a call.And when that phone rings at 2 o’clock, or they need a ride across county to get to the VA, across the city, across the state, across the country, if you can't follow through, if you do not pick up that phone when it rings, at 3 oclock in the morning when they need to talk, I can almost guarantee you it will be the last time that phone rings.“Former military have a resourcefulness, an adaptability to change,” says David Casey, a former U. Marine who is now Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health.And despite standard operating procedures set in the military, “things never go as planned, and you have to accomplish your mission in all kinds of environments.I’m glad you made it home safe – I’m glad nothing bad happened to you.' When you look at me you see that I have all my limbs, all my fingers, I can see, I look perfectly healthy.
What do you think happens to a veteran when you say, what was it like over there?
“People should recognize their opinion is a personal view and not necessarily an appropriate thing to share with someone who has obvious physical injuries from a conflict,” says Kules. “Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but it is best to keep them to yourself in the workplace.” 3.
“You’re too rigid to deal with sudden changes.” Because service members are forced to adhere to a rigid schedule, many civilians assume they are unable to think outside the box or adapt quickly. Many veterans are among the most adaptable employees around.
And when you say to someone, I’m glad you made it home uninjured, you reinforce in their mind that we do not honor the invisible.
5) Oftentimes we say to veterans, 'why don’t you just get over it? Put it behind you.' And what people fail to realize is that this is a real physical change in the mind of veterans.