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02.09.07

Iraq Vets Face New Problems at Home

Airmen returning to Cannon Air Force Base Airmen returning to Cannon Air Force Base

The horror of war doesn't always end when a soldier comes home.

NewsChannel 10's Noelle Gardner tells us how a local Iraq vet is living with unseen wounds. 

Sgt. Jason Huff left Iraq nearly three years ago, although he has adjusted back to civilian life well, he still struggles with what he experienced there.

 "It's difficult to explain to somebody who does not know that's the keyword, i can't explain it.. Family, friends, pastors, counselors have not been there. They don't know. It's difficult to talk about."

Veterans counselor, Veva Valdez-Kent tells me the US Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to screen vets earlier to treat post traumatic stress disorder.

She says vets need time for adjustment.

 "They are there yesterday and here today and we are asking them to make changes in their lives in a split second.. It's difficult to do."

Trauma from the Iraq war haunts thousands of veterans returning home diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Veva describes the symptoms.

 "It can range anywhere from anxiety, depression, sleep distrubances to anger issues."

some war veterans who suffer with post traumatic stress disorder sometimes can't describe what will trigger an episode , but they know it when they see it.

"We had a lot of convoy time over there and it sounds silly, dead animals and card board boxes.. I can't sleep in a vehicle "

"When I saw a package on the road I went 90 miles an hour."

Jason says it's still difficult.

"The difficulty sleeping the creepy stuff you just have to that is something you learn and deal with and accept and put in your pocket.


Some people can go back to normal civilan life without a problem and handle it.. While others find it difficult.

Veva tells me all veterans coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afganistan need to be screened at the Amarillo veterans hospital.

"The whole country is really fantastic as far as reception they gave us a good home coming."

Jason says he has a whole new appreciation for life.

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