Minnesota Police Trained To Identify Veterans In Crisis

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By Reg Chapman

The training is meant to help officers recognize and offer support for a growing number of returning war veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury.

Officers from St. Paul, Minneapolis and Richfield police departments as well as University of Minnesota and Metro Transit officers took part in the training. Minnesota has the distinction of being home to the longest deployed national guard unit in the country.

Thousands of men and women have served multiple tours overseas and returned back to their hometowns in Minnesota.

“The face of a veteran is very much different today than it was in the first gulf war or Vietnam,” retired Marine John Baker said.

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