22 Jun '16, 12am

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World War II veteran introduces post-9/11 veteran to a different way of coping with the horrors of war As an Army investigator, DAV life member Luke Jensen was tasked with investigating various noncombat fatalities of fellow service members during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan. Like many post-9/11 veterans, the Iowa native returned from the battlefield with some internal demons. “I came home and expected it to go away, and it didn’t,” said Jensen, now a VA certifying official at Iowa State University’s Veterans Center. “And since I was home, I was able to drink my sorrows away, and it didn’t help anything. It just got worse.” Self-medicating with alcohol or other drugs is not a rarity among veterans returning from war. In fact, according to the VA’s National Center for PTSD, more than 20 percent of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) abuse such substan...

Full article: https://www.dav.org/learn-more/news/2015/ptsd-two-generat...

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