Invisible Wounds Follow Veterans Home

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Excerpt of Article Written by Nathan Phelps | Press-Gazette Media

For veterans who have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, adjusting to life after combat presents its own set of challenges — many of which are not visible.

Many veterans say readjusting to civilian life after the anxiety and intensity of war takes time, effort, patience, and often the support of other people such as vets, support groups, and/or caregivers.

“Sometimes I wish my wounds were on the outside so everyone could see what I’m going through,” said Ken Corry, an Air Force veteran who has been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Corry has heard the whispers many other wounded vets have heard, ‘What’s wrong with the guy? He looks fine to me.’

The 30-year-old Bellevue resident did two tours in Iraq, and one each in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a member of an Air Force security unit. Duties ranged from securing bases in hostile areas to helping train Iraqi police.

He rattles off a list of physical maladies in the wake of his service. Many are the result of exploding mortars, rockets, and being tossed around in his Humvee

Credits

Thanks to Nathan Phelps for writing the article; Green Bay Press Gezette for commiting its resources to the story; Ken Corry for sharing his story; Google for helping me find the article; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly made it possible for me to share the picture and text I used in this post.

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