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Casualties of the after-war: The lethal cost of delayed mental health for returning vets

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 11, 2014

After a five-hour armed standoff on May 25, police shot and killed Army veteran Issac Sims in the garage of his parents’ home in Kansas City, Mo. It was a violent end for a young man in turmoil. Sims, 26, had suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq in 2010, and battled the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. His death illuminated two intersecting problems: delays in mental health care at Veterans Affairs hospitals and confrontations between law enforcement and combat veterans
in crisis.

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