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PTSD: A Lasting Impact of War (Experiencing War, Stories from the Veterans History Project, Library of Congress)
Once known as Shell Shock, Soldier’s Heart or Battle Fatigue, the condition we now know as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects countless veterans. Whether it results from experiences in battle or as a prisoner of war, or from trauma such as sexual assault, the effects of PTSD can be severe, and long lasting. Though understanding of PTSD began to grow after World War II, and expanded significantly beginning in the 1980s, many veterans describe being diagnosed only recently, having lived for years with symptoms such as nightmares, anxiety, anger and difficulty maintaining personal and professional relationships. Below, in their own words, veterans describe their service, its impact on their mental health and the challenges they have faced in finding the care they need.
Image: Arthur T. BaltazarArthur T. Baltazar
ARMY
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: William M. Barner IIIWilliam M. Barner III
ARMY
Vietnam War

Video Interview, Photos, Correspondence
Image: Oscar James GaryOscar James Gary
MARINE CORPS
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Leon JenkinsLeon Frank Jenkins
MARINE CORPS
World War II

Diary Pages
Image: Raymond Kasten Raymond A. Kasten
ARMY
Korean War

Video Interview
Image: Logan Mehl-LaituriLogan Mehl-Laituri
ARMY
Iraq War

Audio Interview
Image: Raymond E. MetcalfRaymond E. Metcalf
NAVY
Korean War

Video Interview
Image: Ralph Earl MoulisRalph Earl Moulis
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Video Interview
Image: David PolhemusDavid W. Polhemus
ARMY
Korean War
Vietnam War


Video Interview
Image: Reynaldo PuenteReynaldo Puente
ARMY
Cold War

Audio Interview, Photos, Correspondence
Image: Larry S. RosenthalLarry S. Rosenthal
ARMY
Afghan War

Audio Interview
Image: Wendy TainesWendy W. Taines
ARMY
Persian Gulf War

Audio Interview
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