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OP-ED: Mental health and the military: a veteran’s perspective

April 7, 2014

The recent shooting at Fort Hood has everyone talking about what is going on in our military. There are speculations ranging from mental illness to combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to substance abuse and more. These may all have relevance to the rising crisis in the ranks but they do not lie at the root level.
I may not know all the facts behind this particular case, but I can tell you what caused my nerves to fray when I was an enlisted soldier in the 1990s. These problems were rampant back then and seem to have only become worse with the addition of widespread combat deployments.

Read the full op-ed in the Tuesday, April 8 edition of The Inyo Register.

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