Saturday, June 4, 2016

PTSD Veterans Say Stop Stereotyping Us

Veterans warn against stereotyping PTSD
Grace White
June 2, 2016

The gunman killed by police on Memorial Drive was an Army veteran, who friends believe was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

But local veterans say it's dangerous to connect the shooting to PTSD alone.

"Just because we've seen war, just because we've seen death—not everyone is like the individual who did what he did in the Memorial area," said Justin Masters, a veteran and veteran coordinator at Camp Hope, a facility that helps veterans and their families with the effects of PTSD.

These veterans all have their own stories.

"Each one of us had different jobs in the military. My PTSD comes from being a medic," said Ron Youngblut, Camp Hope's director of operations and veteran.

Their struggles are real.

"Just counting the people I've lost from my unit to suicide is getting up there," Masters said.
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