When a Soldier Confesses Their Sins of War to You
Count Words — Reading Time
by James Stewart
Location: The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
By listening without judgment and negativity, you're giving the soldier/veteran something extremely valuable. It may seem insignificant — they're pouring out their soul to you, and in doing so, you can have a unique opportunity to help them reclaim what they lost on the battlefield.
Living — surviving — through combat, changes who we were. We may choose to remain in denial, because if we can pretend to be who we were, then we may not have to face who we've undoubtedly become.
The soldier/veteran's chosen to look into their soul and share with you. When they delve into this abyss, they experience it for the first time, as well as you. In combat, we have to compartmentalize all of the horrors of war, due to our inability to process it — to do otherwise, would get us killed.