Battling the Storm Within

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Why women veterans are more likely than civilian women to commit suicide

After four years on active duty, Amy left the Army and moved back to her hometown.
However, she struggled to find her tribe. At work, she was told her handshake was a bit too firm and lectured about how her direct communication style made her coworkers uncomfortable. At her local VFW bar, the men stopped talking to stare at her, and her attempts to connect were met with awkward silences. A few other attempts to connect with the veteran communities she saw advertised at the VA and Facebook left her feeling similarly displaced. “In both civilian settings and veteran settings, I was ‘weird,’” she recalls.

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