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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Marine seeks treatment years after service

Marine seeks treatment years after service
Stephen Logan has battled drug, legal troubles, but says he's never felt better
The Star Press
Andrew Walker
Jul. 6, 2013

“...Continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently ...” “... unprovoked irritability with periods of violence ...” “... persistent delusions or hallucinations ...” “memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name ...”

The results from this recent medical evaluation only confirmed what Stephen Logan had known for years.

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects combat veterans in different ways. Some are able to acknowledge it immediately; others bottle up the emotions for years before reaching a fork in the road and either trying to treat the problem or tumbling further into desolation. Logan was the latter.

Exactly four decades after the teenager from the tiny town of Cowan enlisted and served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, addictions to illicit drugs and painkillers had taken over his life. By 2009, Logan once again reached that fork.

This time, however, Logan made the choice to get the help he so desperately needed.
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