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November 6, 2003

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Discussed at Next Chautauqua

On Tuesday November 11th, Veterans Day, several Vietnam combat veterans will share aspects of their struggle due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD at the Chautauqua Nexus. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the seventh floor of the ULM Library. Dr. Mitchell Young will host the meeting, entitled "The Ultimate Sacrifice".

Young says, "These combat veterans continue to struggle with the gruesome reality of having engaged in combat during the Vietnam conflict. When necessary our nation calls upon young men and women to put themselves in harms way. What many in our nation do not realize is that often the combat veteran continues to imagine, think about, dream of, and question his or her role in combat. What many forget is that when our nation asks men and women to engage in combat, we are asking them to engage in killing other human beings. This is a gruesome, horrific task. Often times it may be necessary. But, what of the individual who responds to the nation's call? Many of the young men and women currently in Iraq or Afghanistan will bring home with them anxiety and stress from fulfilling their duty. The combat veterans who will attend have agreed to share with the public the personal struggle they endure as a result of engaging in combat. Many of the veterans in attendance are 100% disabled due the diagnoses of PTSD. They are unable to work, unable to engage in the day to day world many of us take for granted. For many of them even going to Wal-Mart is a major task."
The Chautauqua Nexus is free, informal, and the presentations cover a wide range of topics.

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