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Post-traumatic stress lingers for Vietnam vets

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Post-traumatic stress lingers for Vietnam vets

A quarter-century after they were first assessed, many Vietnam War veterans still experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress, researchers announced Friday at the annual American Psychological Association meeting in Washington, D.C. According to the new research, although 75% of Vietnam vets tested in 1989 never reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress, 11% of those who did still experience it today, and, for a small percentage, symptoms have gotten worse. Researchers say that the study—the first to track mental health in a large, nationally representative group of service members over their lives—can inform health care providers who treat veterans as well as political debates over their disability benefits, The New York Times reports.

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