On Veterans Day, it’s appropriate to note the differences between the military and civilian worlds and the challenges veterans face in moving from one to the other. Leischen Steiter notes on the In Public Safety blog that the transition isn’t always easy.
““One of the biggest challenges I faced was learning and accepting that I would be forever changed,” says Jennifer Bucholtz, a faculty member in American Military University’s criminal justice department who served as a counterintelligence agent for the Army. “Going to war changes every person who has deployed to a combat zone, whether they want to admit it or not.
“For someone coming out of the military, normal daily tasks such as grocery shopping, making phone calls, and cooking dinner become mundane and seem completely unimportant,” Bucholtz notes.
Yet those are precisely the sort of activities the military exists to protect and defend. Thank you veterans everywhere!