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Friday, April 25, 2014

For Some Vets, Growing Old Triggers PTSD

As many as one in three older vets may experience late-onset PTSD. (John M. Cropper/Flickr)

As many as one in three older vets may experience late-onset PTSD. (John M. Cropper/Flickr)

As veterans from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam age and enter hospice, we’re learning that some of them, who seemed totally fine all their lives, are experiencing late in life post-traumatic stress disorder.

One study shows that as many as one in three vets have experienced Late Onset Stress Symptology (LOSS).

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Kate Wells of Michigan Radio profiles the daughter of a vet with LOSS. Her father was helped by a VA nurse who specializes in helping vets and their families with end of life care, and the symptoms of late onset PTSD.

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