YouTube user Melanie Fay recently posted a video showing a war veteran reading a powerful poem. Fay described the man as her son in the description of the video.
The video shows a young man reading a poem following an unfortunate experience at the super market. Apparently, he had been wearing a Disabled Veterans National Foundation hat when an employee asked, “What’s wrong with you?”
The man left the store without any aggression and decided to use a poem as a response to the employee.
The poem touches on many problems that veterans face, even if they are physically unwounded or disabled. He describes how most the scars that veterans carry are mental and spiritual instead of physical.
He read, “Like most veterans, the deepest scars are within. Sounds of screams from brothers dying, tears roll down from mothers crying. Bullets sail and fly overhead.”
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, up to 20 percent of veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom will experience posttraumatic stress disorder in a given year.
Additionally, up to 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have experienced PTSD in their lives postwar.
More information regarding PTSD in military veterans can be accessed at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.