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Friday, May 10, 2013

Special Report: Recovering from PTSD

Special Report: Recovering from PTSD
CBS 47
Reported by: Claudia Rodarte
May 10, 2013

American heroes... returning home from long tours of duty. Sometimes adjusting is easy, but for some... the war isn’t over. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder impacting millions of soldiers.

In this Special Report, CBS47's Claudia Rodarte shows how some veterans are learning to cope with the disorder.

Army veteran Gerardo Lozano served in the army for 8 years. While stationed in Iraq, his Humvee ran over a roadside bomb. "Just the whole shock about it kind of rattled my brain. Um, I just have those after effects," said Gerardo.

Army veteran Edgar Duenas-Flores also served in Iraq. His platoon struck multiple IEDs.

"When they go off, you just feel it. You just see stars and takes you a while to try, try to come back and figure out where you are," said Edgar.

Edgar has a bullet wound in the knee and scarring from a roadside bomb on his arm and back. But most have wounds you will never see... wounds that impact their lives and those of their families when they return home. "I'm full of scars physically, but the mental ones are the toughest ones," said Edgar.

Thousands of returning vets suffer from brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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