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Iraq war veteran deals with effects of PTSD, brain trauma

As the United States winds down two wars, stories will this are becoming more common.

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Iraq War veteran Brad Hammond watches as the sun sets over the Rocky Mountains on September 23 in Lakewood, Colorado. Seven years after returning home from a year-long deployment in Tal Afar, Iraq, Hammond continues to experience severe post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the effects of traumatic brain injuries he sustained in combat. He suffers from chronic anxiety, headaches, night terrors, hallucinations and frequent bouts of aggression and cannot hold down a full time job. He helps his wife Dani care for their three children, while also taking a private mentoring classes to help improve his attention and cognitive skills. Hammond was on a team of U.S. soldiers who opened fire on a carload of Iraqi civilians on January 18, 2005 in Tal Afar, Iraq, killing two, when they did not stop at a checkpoint.

 


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Iraq War veteran Brad Hammond watches as his wife Dani helps their daughter Devin, 14, prepare for a homecoming dance on Sept. 24 in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Iraq War veteran Brad Hammond struggles with a memory quiz during a private session with "brain trainer" David Whatley on September 26 in Denver, Colorado. Hammond is taking a 6-month course, paid for by the Veterans Administration, to improve his memory and cognitive skills.

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Iraq War veteran Brad Hammond takes a memory quiz during a private session with "brain trainer" David Whatley on Sept. 26, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.

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Iraq War veteran Brad Hammond (L), takes a memory quiz during a private session with "brain trainer" David Whatley on Sept. 26 in Denver, Colorado.

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Iraq War veteran Brad Hammond holds his son Cooper, 18-months, on Sep. 24 at their house in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Iraq War veteran Brad Hammond pauses to rest while in the basement of his house on Sept. 24, in Lakewood, Colorado.