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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
are more than 5,000 veterans in Hancock County, but there's no data tracking
how many vets have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Findlay Police are
now learning the signs of PTSD to get vets the assistance they need.
of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and local police departments say they're
trying to break the cycle of drug abuse and violence among some veterans with
seeing an increase in our involvement with these folks, and the point where we
reach them, it's usually when they're in crisis," said Findlay Police Captain
Young and his fellow officers will undergo special training on how to better
assist vets with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Young said he wants to help
the vets when they need it most.
those folks helped accordingly, rather than putting them in the criminal
justice system, which only treats the symptom rather than the problem," he
Garza served in Vietnam. He was diagnosed with PTSD in 2000, and now works with
AMVETS, helping veterans cope with life
a lot of flags that go on that families may not recognize, and maybe they do,
and sometimes a veteran just can't get out of it," Garza said.
to Garza, it's hard for some vets to shake what they've seen. He says he's
happy police are getting involved in treatment.
need to ask the right questions when these guys get in trouble," he said.
Police are not saying that vets are prone to criminal behavior, but they have
noticed a pattern of destructive actions.
Young is hoping that his officers learn how to point vets in the right
direction when they have lost their way.