Resources Available for Valley Veterans, Families Suffering from PTSD amid U.S.-Iran Tension

1 year 10 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, January 08 2020 Jan 8, 2020 January 08, 2020 9:49 PM January 08, 2020 in News - Local

WESLACO – News of the recent Iranian missile attack and the deployment of more American troops to the Middle East is sparking concerns about past warriors.

Various situations can retrigger symptoms of PTSD symptoms. The same goes for families who pick up the battle at home when their soldiers don’t return.

Staff Sergeant Bradley Espinoza died Oct. 19, 2009, serving in Iraq. His mother, Maggie Espinoza, says she’s an example of what way leaves behind.

“I have my good days, I have my bad days, I get angry. There's things I could do very easily back then and now I can't. Now I'm a ball of nerves,” said Maggie.

She isn’t alone.

Right now, there’s around 100,000 veterans living in the Rio Grande Valley. The Department of Veterans Affairs says it’s common for veterans’ PTSD to be triggered by today’s headlines.

A 24-hour veteran’s crisis line, connects you to a mental health professional: 1-800-273-8255.

Watch the video above for the full report.



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