PTSD Experiences, in Veterans and Civilians

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To the Editor:

Re “The Truth About PTSD” (Op-Ed, Jan. 23), about Sarah Palin’s suggestion that her son’s arrest on a domestic violence charge was somehow tied to post-traumatic stress disorder suffered after his military service in Iraq:

I commend Nate Bethea for sharing his experiences.

I retired from the Marine Corps after more than 21 years of active service. My service included casualty notifications to parents and loved ones, grave site ceremonies, escorting the remains of a Marine killed by a roadside bomb to his family in Mauritius and leading counterinsurgency operations in Anbar Province in Iraq.

I survived “peacetime” deployments to disaster-ridden countries ravaged by humanitarian disasters, and the assorted near-misses that go along with hard training involving live ammunition and military demolitions.

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