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Forum on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to help troops, families

Every year hundreds of U.S. troops return to their jobs and families with an illness you can't even see.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder not only affects thousands of troops returning from war, but also the family members and co-workers they come home to.

Corporal Sean Cassedy left Iraq three years ago.  "It's always going to be a struggle," he says.  But after three tours of duty in Iraq, he's still struggling with what he experienced there.

"I was there for the initial push, and then both pushes into Falusia in 2004 and 2005....It's always going to be something that's in the back of your mind."

And after two years of dealing with flashback, depression, and sleepless nights, Cassedy got help and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder -- or PTSD.  He says, "I didn't want to admit that I wasn't tough enough or strong enough."

"It's called the invisible injury," Gil Stubbs says.  He is a transition patient advocate with the VA Medical Center and says it may be invisible, but PTSD is often easily triggered:  "We've all heard the stories of the individual, hears the vehicle backfire, and ducks for cover."

Stubbs says according to the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorders, large numbers of troops returning from war suffer from the disorder.  "The numbers from that center say that almost 10 to 20 percent of the Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom veterans are suffering from PTSD."

And those veterans usually return to their families and jobs with no support.  United Auto Workers trainer Kim Jackson says, "It would be nice if your co-workers have a basic idea or general idea of what you're dealing with because of the things you've experienced over the past few months."

That's why the UAW is holding a forum this weekend to help troops, their families, and co-workers deal with the disorder.  Jackson explains, "Now is a good time as well as any to educate our workforce and prepare for what our troops are dealing with so that we can learn how to support them."

And support is what Sean Cassedy says people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder need because it can cause you to lose everything like he almost did:  "You'll lose family, you'll lose friends, you'll lose loved ones, by pushing them out of your life.  You'll lose money, you'll lose vehicles, you'll lose things that you don't expect to lose."

The forum is open to the public and being held at the UAW hall on Chamberlain Lane this Saturday from noon until two.

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