Turning back guilt

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

I’ve never known a veteran who committed suicide, but I’ve witnessed the suffering of some soldiers who have returned from war. Many in my parents’ generation fought in World War II. Beyond the “shell shock”—as it was called then—and the grief for buddies, and limbs lost, at times there was something else going on beneath the surface. And that was guilt.

Some have attempted to relieve that awful feeling by abusing alcohol. Others have just suffered through it. One uncle of mine was tormented by guilt. It was all he talked about, repeating over and over again that he would never kill another person.

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