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How long will it take me to readjust to normal civilian life?

Service members returning to civilian life will readjust according to their own individual timetables. There is no prescribed time limit on reintegration. Veterans who are recovering from stress reactions brought on by war zone experiences will need more time than others to readjust. It may take up to a year to feel like a normal civilian again. However, if you are continuing to experience severe stress reactions, such as insomnia, nightmares, inability to concentrate, irritability, or anger, for more than eight weeks after your return home, seek professional assistance. Vet Centers offer confidential readjustment counseling free of charge. The toll-free number is 800-905-4675.
 

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