Steve Peck, CEO of US Vets, explains the strange dichotomy that most military veterans are faced with: the very alertness, rapid reactions, and special training that kept these veterans alive during combat are automatically expected to be quieted down, even tucked away, upon their return home. The combination of strong training and the horrors of what many have seen make the transition back home short of seamless. PTSD and other stress-related conditions are common experiences of our returning veterans. Because of this, many veterans turn to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate. Nearly 27% of veterans returning home meet the criteria for alcoholism.

Read the entire article here: The Toll of Turning a Blind Eye to Drug Use During the Military.