The US has been fighting the Global War on Terror for over 13 years. It’s no surprise that the American public is talking more and more about veterans and post traumatic stress.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/) is a global authority on the effects of trauma. According to their website, combat trauma can include both typical wartime scenarios like seeing others hurt or killed and military sexual trauma (MST), which includes sexual assault and harassment and can happen to both men and women. Additionally, the stress of being away from home for long periods and the associated problems on the home front can exacerbate the effects of combat trauma.