My heart goes out to all of the veterans who come back from war with wounds: internal and/or external. Some of these people have seen horrors that most of us could never imagine; and, they must live with these disturbing memories for the rest of their lives.
Regardless of whether or not people believe the respective war was justified, veterans have continually put their lives on the line. Providing all the necessary services to wounded veterans, whether medical or psychiatric, is a pivotal way we can "support our troops."
So my cousin is - hopefully - coming back from Iraq this summer after having served there for more than a year. We have not been in contact often, but I am sure he will bring something back (scars, injuries, mental issues etc.). While mental issues (e.g. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD) and injuries are often treated in a very professional way I wonder what scar treatments soldiers can expect? Is it something which is paid by soldiers' insurance plans or the US Department of Veteran Affairs? My family is not only planning a big welcome home party but also thinking about ways how we can help our cousin to get re-integrated into our local community. While financial issues are one major thing we/he will struggle with we are concerned about his physical appearance. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.