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The struggle continues for Indigenous veterans with PTSD


September 28, 2020

Paddraic Lord poses for a photo at his home in Traverse City on Friday. Lord, 28, is an Anishinaabe U.S. Army combat veteran. Record-Eagle/Mike Krebs

TRAVERSE CITY - Paddraic Lord shifted heavily in his plastic chair and took a deep breath, toes dug securely into the beach.

The third-generation Anishinaabe veteran looked up and over at the waves gently pulling into the water's edge, and then back down at the sand before he described what post-traumatic stress disorder feels like.

"A tightness in your chest," he said. "I had a hard time sleeping, anger issues, self-harm to 'quiet the thoughts', blackouts, tunnel vision, manic, rapid heart rate ... I was high on high alert."


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