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13 Military Members Share Hardships of Returning Home From War: 'Those Empty Seats Won't Be Forgotten

"Ever since I got back from Afghanistan, fireworks scare me."

What's the most difficult part of returning home from war?

Members of the armed forces are often presented with this question — and some are now speaking out. Using the popular smartphone application Whisper, many soldiers have turned to the social network to reveal what they struggle with after returning to civilian life.

Whisper guarantees its users absolute privacy and, as a result, some of the confessions are raw and powerful.

1. Empty Seats

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2. Trouble Sleeping in a Bed

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3. PTSD

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4. Loneliness

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5. 'I fear I will harm someone'

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6. Trouble Adjusting

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7. No Visits From Familiar Faces

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8. The Sound of Fireworks

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9. Struggling With PTSD

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10. Grappling With the Pain of Losing Friends in Battle

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11. Drinking

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12. Returning From War to an Abandoned Home

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13. 'Void of All Emotion'

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Find more anonymous soldier confessions on Whisper. Download here.

Follow Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) on Twitter

Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock 

 

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