Sometimes the battles soldiers fight after they return from war are the most unforgiving, the family members of a man police killed last weekend said.

Cody Wayne Seals served in the U. S. Army between 2004 and 2008, doing more than one tour in Iraq, his mother, Sandra Seals, said.

Between 2008 and now, she got sick, her son got sick and he moved in with his father, she said.

A Fort Worth Police Department SWAT officer shot and killed Cody Seals, 38, on the evening of June 1 after a three-hour standoff at his home.

Police said they believed Seals was pointing a rifle at them.

Turns out, he was holding a flashlight.

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Los Banos police Officer Jairo Acosta knew he had post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the Army.

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This article was published in collaboration with the editorial team at Longreads.

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The white North Charleston, South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African-American Coast Guard vet in April 2015 was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Dec. 7, the New York Times reports.

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In 1775, the Second Continental Congress wrote 69 Articles of War that established standards of conduct for Continental Army officers and soldiers. Over time, these articles evolved into the Uniform Code of Military Justice — the laws our service members must follow today.

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Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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