Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, Mar 25 2014 11:03 PM

Help those suffering from PTSD

By The Bakersfield Californian

It is hard to believe that after all of these years and after all of the wars, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the rest of our country has not got a handle on how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

My brother, out of World War II, died from it via the whiskey bottle. At that time, it was all new to us. But now it has been known and should be well-handled. The best course of action that I have heard of is to get these PTSD people together once a month and talk it over.

But the V.A., seeing as that's what it's there for, should be taking a more-direct hand in solving the problem. Or maybe before it happens: Offer education to the troops before they go into combat via training films. It would also be great it we just stayed out of these wars. It is a national disgrace.

Kenneth M. Cannon

Bakersfield

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