Vietnam Vet Offers Ways To Help Returning Veterans Adjust

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 04:14 PM.

Although most civilians can never understand the horrors of war – of perpetually wondering what that last moment of life might be like – there are ways in which the families of veterans, and others, can help …

    • Make creative expression available: Elliott has heard story after story involving vets who simply do not want to talk about their combat stress. Many simply do not know how to find catharsis in constructive ways. Thoughts and emotions, however, can also be expressed – released – in creative pursuits such as writing, art, music, even cooking.

    • Patience and understanding:  “You won’t go wrong with loving tolerance while seeking the help of a trained professional to help your veteran work through problems like depression and anxiety,” Elliott says. “It’s important to provide emotional support, including helping vets who need it to get to appointments and joining in on family sessions.”

    • Thoroughly consider your vote: There are many outstanding efforts going on with non-profits that help today’s returning vets, but the best medicine is prevention, he says. In 2001, when the Iraq War was gearing up, that same feeling of anticipation – excitement – washed over Elliott that he experienced before entering Vietnam. “I was surprised that I could feel that way, but then I quickly remembered all that I’ve been through with the reality of war,” he says. “If families and citizens really want to help the men and women of the U.S. military, they will be wary of politicians who haven’t been in combat and who are all too quick to the war trigger.”

About Ord Elliott

As a Princeton graduate; a Marine Rifle Platoon commander in Vietnam; and Purdue Ph.D. in Management, Ord Elliott writes from an unusual perspective. He has four decades of experience as an internal and external management consultant, specializing in change management, strategy implementation and executive coaching. He has advised companies such as Procter and Gamble, General Electric, Allied Signal, Shell Oil, Pacific Gas and Electric, Intel, Philips, Cisco Systems, and numerous Silicon Valley technology companies and start-ups. Elliott is also the author of several books.

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