Being a former US Marine, you don’t lose that thinking of being a Marine. Of representing honor, strength, toughness and the like that, which goes with that title. You are supposed to win battles that win wars. Now matter how ‘Goliath’, the enemy appears to the grunt; it is eventually conquered and disposed of. That has been and probably will always be my mindset and most likely would be the mindset of any US Marine even decades after retirement, serving in a war or serving during peacetime, there is no difference.
As well, so I was abruptly told by my Godmother and her brother, my Dad, “You just pick yourself up by your bootstraps and move along. Keep a stiff upper lip.” Deep down I think that’s just rubbish. Everyone processes trauma in their own way and there is almost no wrong or right way, it’s trial and error for everyone.https://www.amazon.com/Jody-Lynn-Reicher/e/B00R3VUZ18/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_10?qid=1418802234&sr=1-10