Re-Emergence Center Could Help Veterans Find Peace

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By Rene Thibault

In Community Matters, nearly 30 percent of veterans who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  There are about 50 thousand veterans in Vermont, some dealing with this potentially deadly disorder.

One Vermont veteran has an idea he hopes will one day help others find peace.

Vermont native Damon Rooney has served in the military for 13 years.  He was a member of the Vermont National Guard, he’s served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “I came home and i had a lot of difficulties.  I didn’t know how to deal with it.  I thought that I was okay because i had all my limbs and my eye sight.  I was fine, I didn’t want to admit I had a problem,” said Rooney.

That problem, PTSD, something shared by millions of other veterans.  “It’s this warrior mentality and this mindset that’s very empowering.  Then you come back home and you’re just struggling just paying the bills, going to work, getting groceries,” Rooney said.

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