PTSD: From camouflage to college

PTSD: From camouflage to college
May 3, 2013 Micheal Ives

By Micheal Ives, Extreme Alaska 

The Purple Heart medal.

The Purple Heart medal.  Awarded to soldiers injured or killed while in service.

There are close to a million military veterans currently enrolled in U.S. colleges.  Many of these soldiers-turned-students have been deployed to war zones in the Middle East as conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have lingered for over a decade.  Recent reports from the VA (Veterans Affairs) show that with more understanding and identifiable symptoms, the numbers of soldiers returning to civilian life suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are knee-weakening.  The VA says between 10-18% of soldiers returning from deployments to combat zones suffer from diagnosable PTSD.

We sat down with UAF student and Army veteran Anthony Rogers to discuss the effects of PTSD on his life as a student.  Rogers describes how he ended up at his current place in life, how the Army helped shape him, and his rough-and-tumble “treatment” for his PTSD.

*Big thanks to Anthony Rogers for being willing and able to discuss this tough topic with ExtremeAK

*For more information on PTSD or support/questions/help visit Patriot Outreach

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GezCMBgLcnU&w=560&h=315]

*Video is approx 5 minutes long*

1 Comment

  1. Marcia Ives 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from UAF, Anthony! You have a bright future ahead of you and I am thankful you are one of the 3% of veterans to get your degree. Thanks for your service to our country!

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