The tag says it all; a tear-jerker. Although this is said to be fiction, it is all too real for many who came back from any war situation, whether they saw action or not. The tensions that they lived with during that time and no real way to re-assimilate back into civilian life.
Just about every family would have an "Uncle George" that they tried to live with and help. I suspect that the author had such a relative and hope that this was a way to help release the "ghost" involved, and also helps other who read this article.
This was well written and true to life - well done!