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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Do's and Don'ts List for Interactions with Returning Troops

Advice from Jennifer Iveland of the VA Vet Center and a member of the Army Reserve's 785th Combat Stress Control Company, as listed in Rochester, MN's Post-Bulletin:

  • Let them know you are glad they are back.
  • Make use of their newly acquired experience, maturity and responsibility.
  • Encourage their input.
  • Don't isolate them.
  • Don't force them to talk about their experience.
  • Don't offer your opinion about the war unless you were there.
Family members and close friends may need more detailed tips on opening lines of communication with their returning troop.

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