Dating iraq veteran

But whatever it was, the sound caused Omri to jump in his seat and tremble.

It was clear from our very first date that my boyfriend Omri probably has post-traumatic stress disorder. I'm not sure what the sound was — a car backfiring, a cat knocking over trash can, a wedding party firing celebratory shots into the air.

I later learned that Omri served as a sergeant major during the , a Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation that led to intensified Israeli-Palestinian violence from 2000 to 2005.

"Every day, we started cursing at two, shooting rubber bullets by four, and live ammunition by six," he said.

The first time he shot a man dead, Omri told me, he cried.

To be clear, my boyfriend was never formally diagnosed with PTSD, which is the case for most military men I know: They've never sought professional help or a formal diagnosis, even though they report experiencing symptoms that are similar to , such as panic attacks, flashbacks and difficulty relating to loved ones. military "pressured psychologists not to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to free the Army from providing long-term, expensive care for soldiers."Yet PTSD is fairly common in both military and civilian populations. "It happens automatically, especially in uncomfortable situations.

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