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From St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch, and Ron Harris
For some returning vets, war may not be over yet.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Mike Lewis Vietnam, Iraq wars cited for minister's suicide
He wrote that the latest conflict brought back unbearable horrors.

Do keep in mind that PTSD is connected to experience in war; how "up close and personal" things become; combat situations; situations where the "rules you lived by" no longer apply if you are to survive, or feel that.

For some excellent insights into the psychology and trauma involved here:

On Killing:The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. David Grossman.

Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay.

Odysseus in America : Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming by Jonathan Shay with Forewards by Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Max Cleland.


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