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It is not unusual for veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to experience symptoms of combat stress. Additionally, some veterans may also misuse alcohol, tobacco or drugs, which can lead to significant risks to health and well-being. The abuse of alcohol, tobacco or drugs can seriously harm your health, cause mood and behavior problems, damage relationships, cause financial problems and lead to a number of other problems for veterans reintegrating into civilian life.
Social media provides new ways to connect, interact and communicate. Through social media, you can stay connected with your friends and family during transitions and separations regardless of location around the world.
All service members and their families may face challenges throughout the deployment cycle, from pre-deployment to reintegration. But National Guard and Reserve members can face additional challenges, as they may not live near military facilities or have community supports in place.
Experiencing stress during reintegration is common for those who have served in combat environments in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere around the globe. Even the most seasoned and prepared warriors can experience common stress reactions after returning home from uncommonly challenging events.
While it may seem counterintuitive to address stress with combat training, certain types of traditional martial arts, such as tai chi and qi gong, are designed to do just that. In addition to increasing a sense of calm, martial arts can also be used to improve physical condition and strength.