Service members live in a self-contained world and share a culture that non-military members may not understand.
While on active duty, family, health, financial, and other issues can add up. Those who deploy, sometimes multiple times, pile up even more stress.
Those with combat experience are exposed to the traumas of injury and even taking the lives of others. Deaths among buddies, subordinates, and others take a toll on those deployed.
Following separation, transitioning back into civilian life brings financial, job, health, social, and family stresses to many.
It is not hard to imagine that men and women service members and veterans face addictions and Post-Traumatic Stress even as they attempt to continue serving or transitioning back into post-military life.