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War and Combat


“I remember when I first got out [of the Army], everything just seemed like Iraq.”

Guillermo Sanchez

U.S. Army, 2003-2006

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War and Combat

Service members are exposed to traumatic events during war. Combat creates life-threatening situations, injuries and accidents. Civilians living in war zones are also at risk for trauma. Learn about research that explains the link between war, combat stress and PTSD.

  • Combat Exposure
    Stressors faced by military Service members are exposed to a number of potentially traumatic events. Find out more about stressors, and how the effects of military service can affect mental health.

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