Combat stress is a side effect of living daily with the threat of death, seeing your friends die violently and killing the enemy. Unlike a bullet or shrapnel wound Combat Stress leaves no visible marks on the person just an internal mental battle of survivors guilt, guilt at your actions, the faces of those you have killed haunt your dreams and the deaths of your friends replayed in slow motion, eventually you fear sleep becuase of the dreams.
One of the more brutal and ironic facts about war is that wars continues killing people long after the last shot was fired and everyone has gone home.
More people who saw combat in the Falklands war have committed suicide since the war ended, than were killed action. Read the rest of this entry