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Veteran discusses PTSD with A-State students

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Students at Arkansas State University got an inside look Thursday at the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

David Gordy, director of the PTSD Foundation of America's Arkansas chapter, spoke to students about his own experience with PTSD.

He discussed the damage it can do and what others can do to help our veterans.

"Some of them isolate and don't want to leave their house," Gordy said. "They're afraid to leave the house and be around large crowds of people. Anxiety gets really high. Anger gets really high. And they really just don't want to participate in life anymore."

Gordy, who lives in Jonesboro, is a U.S. Army combat veteran who was stationed in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.  

After returning, he battled addiction and was later diagnosed with PTSD, university officials said this week.

Gordy and Gary Miranda also organized a support group for veterans with PTSD in the Jonesboro area. 

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