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Findlay Police train to help vets with PTSD

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

There are more than 5,000 veterans in Hancock County, but there's no data tracking how many vets have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Findlay Police are now learning the signs of PTSD to get vets the assistance they need.

Members of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and local police departments say they're trying to break the cycle of drug abuse and violence among some veterans with PTSD.

"We're seeing an increase in our involvement with these folks, and the point where we reach them, it's usually when they're in crisis," said Findlay Police Captain Sean Young.

Captain Young and his fellow officers will undergo special training on how to better assist vets with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Young said he wants to help the vets when they need it most.

"Get those folks helped accordingly, rather than putting them in the criminal justice system, which only treats the symptom rather than the problem," he said.

Romeo Garza served in Vietnam. He was diagnosed with PTSD in 2000, and now works with AMVETS, helping veterans cope with life after war.

"There's a lot of flags that go on that families may not recognize, and maybe they do, and sometimes a veteran just can't get out of it," Garza said.

According to Garza, it's hard for some vets to shake what they've seen. He says he's happy police are getting involved in treatment.

"Police need to ask the right questions when these guys get in trouble," he said.

Findlay Police are not saying that vets are prone to criminal behavior, but they have noticed a pattern of destructive actions.

Captain Young is hoping that his officers learn how to point vets in the right direction when they have lost their way.

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