As the mother of a soldier who has done 3 tours in Iraq, I was drawn to read this and afraid to at the same time. I am very glad I overcame my fear and read it. It is certainly time for some light to be shed on the issues of PTSD and TBI.
I found "Aftershock" to be an all-to-real portrayal of what our soldiers deal with in combat zones as well as what they must contend with when they come home. The details gave me not only a better understanding of what happens to soldiers in combat, but much, much more important, what the signs of PTSD and TBI are, especially in the long term. It also put into words what I know in my heart: You can't just bring soldiers back from war zones and drop them off with a pat on the back and expect everything to be fine. They need help readjusting to civilian life.
I was saddened by the individual stories, but heartened somewhat to to read that the military powers-that-be are trying to get a handle on the problem and to learn that there is some hope on the horizon. Too bad, the soldiers have to fight so hard to get the care they need.
For anyone who is interested in the less obvious but serious consequences modern warfare has on the brave men and women who put their lives in danger for us, I really recommend giving this article a read. If you have a family member or friend in the military, you should definitely read this.