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A veteran and his service dog walk into a restaurant…

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Photo by Cpl. Allison Beiswanger

There has been no shortage of issues covered regarding veterans who have had a prolonged post-traumatic stress response to combat. Indeed, the media, along with many institutions, do not know how to “handle” us. A Google search for “worrisome veteran” came up with this disparaging video put out by Pennsylvania State University, who later took it down amidst an outcry from veterans and veteran groups. There can be no doubt that both in practice and in theory there is a stereotypical narrative directed against veterans in general, even before the so-called "new" development of post-traumatic stress disorder. (Of note, Shakespeare’s Henry IV appears to meet many, if not all, the criteria for PTSD.)

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