Our expert says:
It is really very common that men who have been in combat, especially in the more extreme forms some special forces encounter, develop emotional problems such as PTSD. And they need expert assessment and treatment. An extreme susceptability to anger is common, with rather minor trigger points of vulnerability to set it off ; and emotional deadness is also a common complaint. In an effort to wall off what might be ugly and tragic emotions within them, arising from some of the horrible experiences they have encountered, they may end up walling off the normal levels of experiencing and expressing emotions which one might normally expect, as you do.
Chat calmly and sympathetically with him about this, and ask if he has experienced any difficulties arising from his military experiences, and it he has though of seeking any help for this, as doing so could enhance his life and enjoyment of it, as well as yours.
Don't keep pushing him for whatever sort of response you expect or want, as that is fruitless at best and can be very unwise
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