Nancy Sherman ’73 Publishes Article on the Struggles of Returning U.S. Service Members

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 1:37 pm.

It’s the Gun, Not the Shooter,” a piece written by Nancy Sherman ’73, was featured in the most recent Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations.

In light of the recent shooting at Fort Hood, Sherman discusses the struggles of returning service members trying to re-acclimate to civilian life, with or without some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression, and the cultural and personal barriers they face in order to come forward and seek help. The article also details how Specialist Ivan Lopez, the shooter at Fort Hood, was able to easily conceal a gun on to the base.

Sherman says, “They are on the guard for themselves, but also against others. They don’t want to feed the stereotype about warriors who come home broken. And they fear that talking about their moral injuries openly with civilians will lead to the demonization of war and its actors. And so they walk a careful line.”

Recently, Graduate School of Social Work Professor Jim Martin has also been discussing mental health issues among our service members and veterans. Martin, a retired Army colonel, works with mental health care professionals and helps them understand the challenges faced by our service members, such as combat-related PTSD.

Filed under: 1970s,journalism Tags: , by Diana Campeggio

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