Civilian life after serving in the armed forces is often about the details

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Civilian life after serving in the armed forces is often about the details
11th November 2014

James describes the stark disparity of life in the armed forces, where one can quite literally be making life and death decisions, and life at home, where the highlight of a day might be the evening meal. The difference between the two can be extremely unsettling for former service men and women. 

While not all veterans do struggle and adjustment is different for every individuals, some problems are common to all. These include finding housing and employment, but also difficulties which many mask daily: the restless impulses or the need to talk to someone with a similar history.

The lack of shared experiences with the vast majority of people can mean veterans feel like outsiders from the very population they have spent their life protecting.  

David explains the work Haig Housing does to help veterans deal with the realities of civilian life. The charity find ex-Service people find affordable housing. 

Toward the end of the discussion, James describes the moment a landlady caught him looking happy after he had cooked scrambled eggs. It's a funny scene, but a poignant reminder than life in the army can leave those who are so used to it badly prepared to look after themselves, even after they've risked their lives for their country. 




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