Sunday, February 28, 2016

After Five Tours Veteran Writes About Hardest Battle--Being Home

St. Cloud Vet’s Book Explores Struggles After War 
WJON News AM1240 
By Isaac Schweer 
February 27, 2016
ST. CLOUD — A St. Cloud veteran of the U.S. Air Force has taken the struggles he’s experienced firsthand and channeled them into what he calls a reintegration tool for soldiers returning home from overseas.

Todd Kuikka served five tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflict areas performing explosive ordinance disposal duties. Since his return home, he has suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — something he says is somewhat of a taboo subject.

“I think it’s pretty typical, but not spoken about very often,” Kuikka says. “The hardest battle that I fought was not actually on the battlefield — it was trying to re-enter civilian life.”
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