By Micheal Ives, Extreme Alaska
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
*Video is approx 5 minutes long*