Many Soldiers Suffering From Stress And Mental Disorders

Many of the soldiers already returning home from the Middle East are going to veteran's clinics with signs of stress and mental disorders. Officials with the Veterans Health Administration say the good news is they are seeking help. One local veteran says after three years of being home, it's still hard to adjust to daily life.

Kevin Hannah joined the United States Army in 1998. He has served in several locations around the world and he says coming back home is a hard adjustment.

"Unless you've been there, you don't know what its like," Hannah said.

But Hannah says he has also had to make physical changes to his lifestyle. he says everything changed when he was working a check point in Baghdad.

"I got shot at point blank range in the back of the head," Hannah said.

Now Hannah has to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on a daily basis.

P.T.S.D. Expert Dr. Bob Huweiler says veterans will often develop signs of anxiety toward every day situations as they associate it with war.

"In the war zone, they felt persistent danger and they're looking for many of the same dangers even though they're here," Dr. Huweiler.

"I can't stand anything behind me, I can't stand being in crowds of people and then when I am in a crowd of people, I'm always alert," Hannah said.

Hannah has been seeing psychiatrists and social workers since 2003. He says he can't work ever again because of the bullet lodged in the back of his neck which just adds to his stress when trying to readjust to life. Kevin Hannah says his status after war is causing him more stress as he has not been given a medical discharge yet and he fears being sent to the war zone again.

Dr. Huweiler suggests both veterans and their families seek help from an expert when they return home to help with the readjustment process.


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