I volunteer for a nonprofit organization that helps veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts transition from military service to civilian work. We mentor these brave men and women as they attempt to overcome the barriers in making this difficult transition. Those lucky enough to have avoided physical injury may still have mental injuries from seeing or living through dangerous events. Those mental injuries often translate into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Of course, you don’t have to be a soldier to have experienced a traumatic event. The National Center for PTSD estimates 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. These “hidden wounds” can be terribly debilitating when trying to obtain and maintain gainful employment. Perhaps they don’t have to be.