Veteran with PTSD: "I don't feel comfortable at home anymore. My threat tolerance and response to perceived threats is so finely tuned that I felt safer in Iraq. "
Editor's Note: A former Marine re-ups 24 years after his discharge and volunteers for four consecutive combat tours. Now he's at home fighting the war within. "Anonymous" wrote this for the Veterans Workshop, a New America Media writing project for combat veterans.
Since Iraq, I might go several days without sleep. It's hard to function like that. When I do sleep, I often wake up after a bad dream and all I want to do is put on my gear, grab my weapon and hurt someone. On nights like that I can never fall back asleep.