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Military Veterans are Diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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UNITED STATES--Serving in combat puts soldiers at risk everyday. Whether they are forced to take a life or see others get killed, the horrific images can last a lifetime. As a result, many veterans are unable to adjust to normalcy once back home.

"That affects on their psyche in regards to nightmares, in regards to level of anxiety, in regards to emotions, depression and a feeling of anger and feeling of helplessness at times," says Dr. Mohammed Khan, Director of Mental Health Services, Walla Walla VA Medical Center.

Common indicators of Posttraumatic Stress (Disorder) include a dramatic change in personality and mood. Dr. Mohammed Khan says many can fall into addiction.

"Also involvement in the substance abuse, in reference to alcohol and drugs," says Dr. Khan. Difficulty in maintaining a job, difficulty in having attention and concentration to retain.

Just like the military, law enforcement also receives enhanced physical and weapons training. Earlier this year, a Kennewick police officer killed a man after being called to an incident where a man was attacking his girlfriend with a knife.

Application of lethal force is always a last resort," according to Sgt. Scott Child. It's only applied in the time when someone's life is in danger or we're looking at serious injury. And it is looked at from a lot of different angles.