"I am a Viet Nam veteran’s wife that has existed with her husband for well over forty-five years. For me, this is a major accomplishment. I know this marriage has survived only because I wanted it to; I was the one who created the atmosphere where it could last.
Yes, I do very much believe in secondary post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) I believe that not only do I have this illness, but our children have it as well.
I still have those sleepless nights where I am punched and kicked by my veteran husband. Therefore, I sleep very lightly not knowing when I am going to wake up to being choked or having my hair pulled.
Something similar to this had happened five years into our marriage when I awoke to discover my husband holding me in a headlock, or the time I attempted to kiss him but instead startled him; before I knew it he had flipped me over and had me pinned down with his hand on my throat. All these instances he never remembers, even when I wake him with my hitting him...
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