Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In the Civil War, veterans with psychological combat disorders were diagnosed with "soldier's heart." In World War I, the term was "shell shock" and in World War II "combat fatigue." The term "post traumatic stress disorder" was added to official Veterans Affairs' diagnostic codes in the early 1980s.

If you know someone returning from Iraq or Afghanistan that may be having trouble, this is a good site to start: Not All Wounds Are Visible - PTSD Alliance  


Free Psychological Counseling for Military Service Members and their Families  -  (360) 290-1035 We are a group of licensed mental health professionals who offer free psychological treatment to military service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserves and veterans) who have served or who expect to serve in OEF and/or OIF. We also provide treatment to members of their families and other loved ones. Treatment is conducted in our private offices. Our services are entirely confidential and do not report to either the DOD or to the VA. The Soldiers Project NW provides counseling for individuals, couple and families as well as group therapy. They are not affiliated with any governmental agency and offer the flexibility and confidentiality available in private clinical practice. Email:  As clinicians in private practice, they provide alternative treatment options outside of the military system. Soldiers Project NW is able to respond to any request for help within 24 hours.

Returning Iraq soldiers can get access to vet-to-vet support groups, individual mental-health therapy and treatment for nightmares, sleeplessness, depression and stress disorders through a variety of local providers.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System branch in Seattle has a special deployment health clinic to handle mental and physical post-combat evaluation and treatment. It also offers individual, marital and family counseling, social services and help with obtaining benefits. Call 206-764-2636.

The Seattle VA also has a separate clinic for female vets. Call 206-768-5314.

The state VA's PTSD program offers counseling throughout the state. Call 800-562-2308. A complete list of providers is at; click on "PTSD."

Help is available at Fort Lewis through the Madigan Army Medical Center behavioral health department: 253-968-2700.

Veterans Outreach Centers are located in Seattle, 206-553-2706; Tacoma, 253-565-7038; and Bellingham, 360-733-9226.

The Army Source One hot line offers soldiers and their families 24-hour confidential consultation and referral, seven days a week, as well as free, private, in-person counseling sessions in local communities. 800-464-8107.

Americans need to tie a “Yellow Ribbon” around their memories, when veterans are eventually dumped off at V.A. hospitals around the United States. - Mike Hastie, U.S. Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71


[Times photo: Kathleen Flynn ]
Lisset Greene her son Anthony Rivera, 6, and her daughter 19-month-old Laila Greene visit the grave of their husband and father Curtis Greene who committed suicide in December after returning from serving in Iraq.

'Over My Dead Body'  She has not seen his suicide letter, which she was told is being held as evidence in an ongoing investigation.

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