Transitioning after battling on a war zone

Jeslie Avestruz, Staff writer

What happens when the last soldiers leave a war zone?

When a war breaks out, people often flee their homes in fear of losing their lives and their families. Displacement or forced migration results most often during a time of war and can adversely affect both the community and an individual.

Soldiers, on the other hand, prepare themselves physically and mentally for war. They undergo many emotions before and after a war. They desire raw revenge at times, though they wish they wanted a nobler justice; they feel pride and patriotism tinged with shame, complicity, betrayal, and guilt (here and now).

Death, injury, malnutrition, illness, and disability are some of the most threatening physical consequences of war, while post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety are some of the emotional effects (APA).

During war, the biggest worry is death. When the last soldiers leave a war zone, the area is deserted and left with things purposely. Many soldiers who have experienced being in war have said the biggest battle after surviving was the transition afterwards. Those going back home have to continue living with a traumatic experience as well as those who continue to stay and undergo training until the next war.

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