Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.kunc.org en After Serving In Iraq And Afghanistan, A New Mission: Healing http://www.kunc.org/post/after-serving-iraq-and-afghanistan-new-mission-healing <em>StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.</em><p>On Staff Sgt. Jon Meadows' first deployment to Iraq, one of his friends, Staff Sgt. William Beardsley, said he wanted to go on a mission in Jon's place.<p>Jon agreed — and Beardsley died on that mission.<p>"That was the hardest moment of my life," Jon tells his wife, Melissa, on a visit to StoryCorps in Washington, D.C. "I was ashamed, because I was glad it wasn't me. Then I had the guilt ... If I went on the mission, it wouldn't have been him. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:49:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56938 at http://www.kunc.org After Serving In Iraq And Afghanistan, A New Mission: Healing Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again http://www.kunc.org/post/shooting-unfairly-links-violence-mental-illness-again With the Army's disclosure that Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, there were once again questions about whether the Army could have prevented the violence at Fort Hood.<p>Experts in mental health say (even as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298708884/what-do-we-know-about-the-fort-hood-gunman">more facts</a> about Lopez emerge) that it's highly unlikely the violence could have been predicted. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:14:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 55176 at http://www.kunc.org Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence http://www.kunc.org/post/another-tragedy-city-all-too-familiar-extreme-gun-violence Flags are fluttering at half-staff across Killeen, Texas, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298699681/fort-hood-shooting-the-latest">after yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood</a>. This is a city that's all too familiar with spasms of extreme gun violence: a shooting rampage at <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/17/us/gunman-kills-22-and-himself-in-texas-cafeteria.html">Luby's Cafeteria in 1991</a> that left 23 dead. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Melissa Block 55175 at http://www.kunc.org Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' http://www.kunc.org/post/path-reclaiming-identity-steep-vets-bad-paper When Michael Hartnett was getting kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was too deep into post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol to care as his battalion commander explained to the young man that his career was ending, and ending badly.<p>"Do you understand what I'm saying to you, son? It's going to be six and a kick," Hartnett recalls the commander telling him.<p>The "six" was an expected six months of hard labor in the brig. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 52718 at http://www.kunc.org Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter http://www.kunc.org/post/other-honorable-discharge-burdens-scarlet-letter Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.<p>None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."<p>Highfill, a 27-year-old Michigan native, says he got addicted to the painkillers he was taking for a knee injury. In the Navy's eyes, Highfill screwed up. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:06:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 52662 at http://www.kunc.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter