Ian Bertram is an active-duty helicopter pilot currently serving as a formal training unit instructor. He is qualified in the UH-1N and Mi-17. He has served tours with Air Force Global Strike Command conducting nuclear defense and as an air advisor in Afghanistan. He has a B.S. in history from the Air Force Academy and a M.A. in military history from Norwich University.
For the military and veteran communities, post-traumatic stress is becoming a more acceptable diagnosis within that warrior culture. People recognize that even the most resilient among us are sometimes pushed past their limits, and one of the results can be the dark thoughts and feelings that follow people home from war. None of us want to be pitied or thought of as broken by the general populace and fortunately our community increasingly sees post-traumatic stress as a problem that can be treated and overcome. In my personal experience, more and more warriors are seeking help at the urging of their buddies and their own conscience.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.