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May 22, 2021

How Combat-Related Trauma Affects Marital Relationships

Also referred to as shell shock, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a severely traumatic or life-threatening experience. Although it’s normal for a person’s mind and body to be in a state of shock after a horrific event, this normal response can quickly become PTSD when that individual’s nervous system loses its ability to self-regulate. Combat PTSD can happen to a support worker in a war zone as much as it can to those who took part in actual combat operations.

Married veterans who are living with PTSD find it extremely challenging to adjust to civilian life. In most cases, this mental health problem causes a knock-on effect on their relationships with their spouses. Veteran Car Donations breaks down the 3 effects of military PTSD on marriage.

  1. Increased feelings of isolation

Dealing with PTSD at home can be very isolating for both partners. People with combat PTSD may stop wanting to spend time with their loved ones and may have trouble trusting other people. Furthermore, a person with military PTSD usually becomes too self-focused as they try to manage their symptoms. This may take their focus away from their spouse.

Likewise, spouses of military veterans who are struggling with the ghosts of combat-related trauma tend to feel like no one else can understand what they’re going through. They may even feel like their marriage is the only one in trouble and everyone else’s is fine.

  1. Trouble with intimacy

Increased feelings of isolation may cause both partners to have trouble with intimacy. Both the traumatized and untraumatized spouses may feel disconnected and lost. Instead of feeling relaxed whenever they’re together, they may feel physically and emotionally detached from one other.

  1. Developing negative coping mechanisms

Since PTSD is a mental illness of avoidance, the affected individual may resort to unhealthy habits such as taking drugs or alcohol to escape from their problems temporarily. This could adversely affect their relationship with their spouse.


How You Can Help Vets with PTSD and Other Serious Afflictions

You may know of a veteran residing in your community who has fallen victim to military PTSD or any other type of mental health affliction. The good news is, you can do something to help them. With the simple gesture of donating an unneeded vehicle to us at Veteran Car Donations, you can help improve their well-being.

Your donation will also provide much-needed assistance to veterans who are suffering from homelessness, chronic unemployment, disabilities, and illnesses.

We’ll put your vehicle up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations use the funding that we give them to provide their veteran beneficiaries with free quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, mentoring, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.

The good thing about donating to us is that you’ll get amply rewarded for your charitable act. Not only will you get our free pickup and towing service, but you’ll also qualify to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season. 

However, the best reward you’ll get is the immense feeling of satisfaction, knowing that your gift will help improve the living conditions of the struggling veterans in your community.

You can donate not just your old car but any other type of vehicle that you no longer need. Check out this list of the types of vehicles we commonly accept from our donors.

We can collect your donation anywhere in the United States. It’s because our donation program covers all 50 states.

You can check out our FAQs page to get to know our quick and convenient donation process and other details about our vehicle donation program. If you have questions and concerns, feel free to call us at 877-594-5822 or leave us a message here.


Support Our Suffering Heroes Today!

Our veterans made huge sacrifices and risked their lives to protect our nation and keep us from harm. That’s why they’re regarded as our heroes. They surely deserve whatever assistance you can extend to them, and your vehicle donation can sufficiently provide that. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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