That would be great…I’d love to discuss it further after reading.

And the question-asking sounds right on.

In general, when people know you are interested in their personal story and that their experience isn’t just being unceremoniously lumped into some nebulous, impersonal monolith, it goes a long way toward that person feeling supported. And the question-asker gains valuable knowledge and hopefully some degree of empathic understanding as well. It’s a win for all of us, and the interconnectedness of humanity in general.

It sounds like this is particularly important in the case of veterans not just being able to share and connect, but feeling welcome to. Feeling that their individual experience, whatever it may have been, has impacted their life and having that validated.

We just need to not be scared to reach out. Chances are that someone will reach back.

Thanks again!

Mama, writer, lover, fighter — I wear my heart on my sleeve because my pants pockets are too small.

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