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If you know someone returning from Iraq or Afghanistan that may be having trouble, this is a good site to start: Not All Wounds Are Visible - PTSD Alliance http://www.ptsd-alliance.org/  

HOW TO GET HELP

Returning Iraq soldiers can get access to vet-to-vet support groups, individual mental-health therapy and treatment for nightmares, sleeplessness, depression and stress disorders through a variety of local providers.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System branch in Seattle has a special deployment health clinic to handle mental and physical post-combat evaluation and treatment. It also offers individual, marital and family counseling, social services and help with obtaining benefits. Call 206-764-2636.

The Seattle VA also has a separate clinic for female vets. Call 206-768-5314.

Washington State VA's PTSD Program offers counseling throughout the state. Call 800-562-2308. A complete list of providers is at www.dva.wa.gov; click on "PTSD."

Help is available at Fort Lewis through the Madigan Army Medical Center behavioral health department: 253-968-2700.

Veterans Outreach Centers are located in Seattle, 206-553-2706; Tacoma, 253-565-7038; and Bellingham, 360-733-9226.

The Army Source One Hot Line offers soldiers and their families 24-hour confidential consultation and referral, seven days a week, as well as free, private, in-person counseling sessions in local communities. 800-464-8107.

Americans need to tie a “Yellow Ribbon” around their memories, when veterans are eventually dumped off at V.A. hospitals around the United States. - Mike Hastie, U.S. Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71

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[Times photo: Kathleen Flynn ]
Lisset Greene her son Anthony Rivera, 6, and her daughter 19-month-old Laila Greene visit the grave of their husband and father Curtis Greene who committed suicide in December after returning from serving in Iraq.

'Over My Dead Body'  She has not seen his suicide letter, which she was told is being held as evidence in an ongoing investigation.

 

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