Sexuality Among Wounded War Veterans

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Sexuality Among Wounded War Veterans

By | April 2012
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Sexuality Among Wounded Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.

Abstract
This paper explores a published article that reports on the findings and results of psychological disabilities that are likely to affect intimate relationships and sexual expression of Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/& Operation New Dawn (OND). Written by the American Psychological Association in Rehabilitation Psychology 2011; this article goes on to determine and quantify the norms in which soldiers have been adapted to in their military lives, the social norms of their sexuality in reference to their units and cohesion between the ranks. This paper also examines the treatment of sexual concerns that can be integrated with treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and also Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Cameron et al. focuses on not just the physical injury of the veteran but also the significant psychological and relational problems on the intimate relationships and sexuality of returning veterans. In M. Shelton’s “Welcome Home Troops” a more personal approaches in taken in reference to the clinical trials and how these conditions affect the well-being of our wounded returning veterans. Keywords: PTSD, TBI, veterans, sex, OEF, OIF, OND

Sexuality and intimacy with wounded war veterans.
Many studies have been done to try to quantify and argue the problems that wounded soldiers face with their reintegration back from times of war, but many people only focused on the more physical problems soldiers had rather than their psychological problems with reference to physical intimacy, sexual well-being and other problems relation to self-worth. In order to fully understand the nature of wounded war veteran one must understand how physical problems such as PTSD or TBI interfere or diminish their sexual functions which then cause frustration in relationships and lead to emotional and...