Sue Johnson wrote an article on the critical need to support soldiers and first responders with trauma through the vital role of families and friends. She describes program model development efforts and the need for effective implementation of them.
The other obvious and potent reason for supporting, educating and including partners in intervention is that PTSD symptoms, such as numbing and hypervigilance, are toxic for any relationship. Without support, a trauma survivor’s relationships often fall apart just when the survivor needs them the most. Emotional isolation is the most potent trigger for suicidal or aggressive behaviours.
see Ottawa Citizen article http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/to-help-returning-soldiers-support-their-families