After losing Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, Retired 1st Sgt. Sandoval began drinking heavily, lost interest in maintaining his health and fitness, and pulled away from family and friends. Eventually, by opening up and sharing his experiences, he began to turn his life back around.
Grief & Loss
Grief and loss are common parts of life both in and out of uniform. You may experience either for many reasons. You may lose a loved one, experience divorce, or suffer a life-changing injury. No matter the reason, coping can be difficult.
Everybody experiences grief and loss differently. Some may experience difficulty sleeping, intense or lasting feelings of sadness, or even guilt. These reactions can affect personal relationships, job performance or health.
If you or someone you know has suffered a loss of any kind, a health care professional can help with coping and recovery. Use the following resources to learn more about grief, loss and how reaching out is a sign of strength.
During Chaplain Dundas' deployment to Iraq, he experienced combat first-hand while providing support to service members. He returned home feeling depressed, angry and disconnected from his faith, but with the support of his command, he received care and learned tools and tips for coping with PTSD.
Wounded by an IED blast in Iraq, Retired Maj. Ed Pulido returned home facing tremendous physical and psychological challenges, including thoughts of suicide. What turned things around for him was reaching out for and accepting support from others, and focusing on helping service members and families in similar circumstances.