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Podcast: World War II veterans still struggle with PTSD, too


You’ve probably heard a lot about post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans, and now in troops returning from Iraq, but you may not realize the condition also plagues World War II veterans. Six decades after storming the beaches of Normandy, some of these men – now in their 80s and 90s – still suffer from nightmares, panic attacks, flashbacks, etc., on top of their age-related health problems.

Jack Vier, the Rye veteran sharing his memories with Rye High School students this week, has PTSD. So does Dominic Espositoespositonow.jpg, a Mohegan Lake veteran I recently interviewed for our first weekly At Ease! podcast, who also proudly serves as president of the local Combat Infantrymen’s Association. (Click on the picture to view a larger image. I’m told the podcast will be available for free download in iTunes sometime next week, but you can listen to it now at the end of this post.) Both get treated at VA clinics, but there’s really no cure.

Dr. Ronald Hanover of Briarcliff Manor, who runs a PTSD clinic at the VA Hospital in Manhattan, believes the condition is common in all combat veterans.

WWII vets did not speak of these things – they were of a generation that shut up, came home went to work and raised families … PTSD rarely if ever goes away. Therapy tries to help people with PTSD (and PTSD is certainly well known in civilian lives as well rape, motor accidents, natural disasters, robberies etc.) cope better with anxiety, rage, depression and isolation.

Click the audio link below to hear Dominic Esposito’s story.


This entry was posted on Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 5:01 am by Nicole Neroulias. | | iTunes
Category: combat infantrymen's association, dominic esposito, Iraq war veterans, jack vier, podcast, post-traumatic stress disorder, ptsd, Vietnam veterans, world war II veterans


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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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