“There is a deep seated fear of looking at domestic violence by ‘Heroes'”, military and police, according to Stacy Bannerman, author of Homefront 911: How Families of Veterans are Wounded by Our Wars”. Her research of Department of Veterans Affairs data shows that 40% of law enforcement have at least one domestic violence episode reported in a 12-month period, and 50-80% of veterans diagnosed with PTSD have at least one severe domestic violence incident. She Bannerman discusses the issues in the families and shortfalls of treatment.
Photo Illustration by Lance Cpl. Michelle S. Mattei