So I covered what to do before a deployment. Luckily for you, you listened and are now facing no repercussions from decisions you made. You’re back stateside and life is good. But watch out, because your life is about to get interesting. So, let me guide you through a post-deployment transition.
You Have a Ton of Money, Don’t Spend All of It
If you got married right before you deployed, this will not be a problem for you. The chances of your spouse spending exactly all of the money are pretty high. However, if you followed my other advice you’re still single. This means there’s probably more money in your bank account than you’ve ever seen. We’re talking about tens of thousands of dollars here.
Now, how you want to spend your money is how you want to spend your money, but I will tell you this: watching your bank account slowly dwindle is one of the most depressing things you will ever see. If you want to party, yeah do that. Booze is the number one reason people decide to re-up. If you want a new car, buy one. Just remember that the likelihood of you having this much money at one time again is close to zero. Spend wisely.
Maybe Don’t Drink So Much
You’re an adult. You can do what you want. Imbibing in alcohol is a military past time. Having a beer and shooting the shit or getting drunk and dancing with the locals is normal. Just realize that alcoholism among those who have deployed is higher than those who have not, with National Guard and Reserve members topping out as the highest at risk. There’s nothing wrong with drinking with friends and celebrating, but maybe it’s time to rethink some things when you get so drunk you crash your car into a shed.
If You’re Having Issues, Get Help
As I mentioned previously, those who have deployed are at a higher risk of having a drinking problem. This usually coincides with depression, anger issues and PTSD because alcohol is used to cope with these issues.
Look, it can be hard to come back. You may have lost friends or seen some fucked up shit. Even if you didn’t see combat, you still might have some issues you need to deal with. Regardless of how your deployment went, people will have changed and it’s difficult to understand why they are not the exact same as you left them.
Not dealing with these problems will lead to issues at work, issues at home and even suicide. Military veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as their civilian counterparts. That is shocking and unacceptable, which is why the military has finally taken serious steps. There’s now over 900 programs the military has put in place. The only problem with that though, is they might not be coming directly to you.
If you’re having trouble you need to talk to someone. A good place to start is this page. There’s links there, provided by the VA, to help you through it. You served your country. Now it’s time for your country to serve you.
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