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Independence Booms Stress Some Veterans

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Bang. Boom. Crack. Hiss.

Fireworks are as much a part of the Fourth of July as the patriotic placemats and the placements of flags, but the exploding aerial shells that culminate tonight in communities throughout the Northern San Joaquin Valley  aren’t really for everybody. Read The full article from Manteca Bulletin…

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VA struggles to meet demand for mental health services

KrisThere’s been a huge increase in demand for mental health services at the Veterans Administration, as veterans return from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The VA healthcare system, and non-profit organizations that are intended to serve as safety nets, are struggling to meet that demand.

“Their caseload is incredibly high,” said Kris, a veteran who sought mental health treatment at the VA medical center in West Los Angeles. Kris, who asked that his last name be withheld, served on the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, and was part of the invasion force in Iraq.

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