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After the war, life was never the same.
For some strange reason, everyone thinks that the war ending and the troops being pulled out means that life just magically returns to normal. Like there was never a war to begin with. But there was a war. It lasted 10+ years (depending on who you ask). We may not, as a nation, have ever officially declared war, but troops deployed, bullets were fired, people died and lives were forever changed.
After the war, if you want to say it's over now, nothing changed for us.
Why must people insist on saying things like, "Well, you can rest easy now, hun?" No, I can't. It's true that not many people in our life know what we are dealing with. Who wants to have to tell everyone they know that they break out in cold sweats because of something on the TV? I understand why my husband wants us to keep this a secret. But none the less, secret or not, the war ending doesn't fix things.
Lives were altered. Not just ours, but for thousands. Thousands of people, families, friends, spouses lives were forever changed when this war began. This never ending war that feels like it's just quietly being fought these days. There are still people deploying. Even if you don't want to hear about it. There are still those who are never coming home again, even if you weren't paying attention.
And then there's us.
After the war, life was never the same. The man I married is gone forever. The girl I was, or at least thought I was, is gone. The girl who took her place is a hardened, often sad, woman (because I am officially a woman now), who doesn't recognize her own husband, let alone her self. The man in my house is an angry shadow of who he once was.
But wars must be fought, freedoms defended and sacrifices made. But some sacrifices feel like heavier burdens than other. Giving up my husband for a year was nothing, but he gave up so much more... And the war ending cannot give it back to him. The war ending cannot undo what he has been through and the battle we are still fighting at home.
After the war, life just isn't the same.