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The war after the war: Military veterans face hidden challenges after returning home from combat

from The Norman Transcript

The battle doesn't always end on the battlefield. For some veterans and their families, returning home is just the first step in a long journey. Some face severe cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. If untreated, those cases can lead to a spiraling path of self-medication, drug and alcohol abuse. Sooner or later, many find themselves in the criminal justice system. "The VA has the most comprehensive health care in the nation," said Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist Omar Rashidzada. "The benefits for veterans are pretty endless." Still, Rashidzada said the biggest challenge is finding them. Rashidzada works to help find veterans who landed in the criminal justice system and get them the treatment they need. more

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