PTSD Reaches Well Beyond Combat Vets, So Trauma Experts See Need for 'Healing Spaces'

PTSD Reaches Well Beyond Combat Vets, So Trauma Experts See Need for 'Healing Spaces'

During the Vietnam War, Bob Curry flew more than 250 missions, most at night, most just above tree level. The Army intelligence officer tucked himself into a confined cockpit — one of two men strapped into ejection seats. Anti-aircraft fire was a daily fact of life and there was only one way to avoid it: by seeing it coming, assuming it wasn’t raining or foggy. “And one silently wondered when the explosion would hit, followed by death,” he recalled. These days, the 66-year-old is one of 653,400 U.S. veterans treated each year by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for post-traumatic stress disorder...

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