International studies show that veterans with PTSD experience severe physical, psychological and social challenges in their everyday life, but only a few Danish studies have been carried out. The aim of this study was to gain insight and understanding of the challenges veterans with PTSD experience in their everyday life.

Three veterans participated in the study. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analysed using the guidelines for meaning interpretation as described by Kvale and Brinkmann. The findings show that the veterans struggled to realize and accept their PTSD, and that they struggled to become reintegrated in their everyday life. Although this is a main condition for their recovery, they were in need of support during this process. The study concludes that veterans can be supported during this process by psychiatric nursing based on the Tidal Model.

Keywords: psychiatric nursing, PTSD, recovery, Tidal Model, veterans