I was watching a video with Patrick Stewart the other day, and he was talking about domestic violence against women. The video is not filmed well, but the sound is good.
Patrick Stewart at Comicon
Basically, he was talking about growing up as a child with an abusive father who beat his mother. A lot. When his mother would complain to the ambulance or doctor, she would be told that she MUST have instigated the incident. Her husband basically got a free pass because he was 'shell-shocked' from being in World War II. Patrick and his mother were constantly traumatized, first by the husband, then by those that didn't believe them.
For years any soldier who had problems dealing with society when they returned from war were excused. In Civil War times it was called 'irritable heart'. Later, during the World Wars, it was called 'shell shock' and 'combat fatigue'. During Vietnam studies they finally started calling it post traumatic stress.
The third book in my Lost and Found series, Embattled Minds, deals with PTSD repercussions. Specifically with a Vietnam era former soldier. It's been enlightening and saddening researching the disorder, because it is so widespread in our returning soldiers now. But the good news is, it is more easily diagnosed and treated.
Embattled Minds will be out soon, and I honestly hope it helps returning soldiers, and those non-military dealing with everyday traumas. Watch for it!