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Findlay Police train to help vets with PTSD

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

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

Membersof the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and local police departments say they'retrying to break the cycle of drug abuse and violence among some veterans withPTSD.

"We'reseeing an increase in our involvement with these folks, and the point where wereach them, it's usually when they're in crisis," said Findlay Police CaptainSean Young.

CaptainYoung and his fellow officers will undergo special training on how to betterassist vets with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Young said he wants to helpthe vets when they need it most.

"Getthose folks helped accordingly, rather than putting them in the criminaljustice system, which only treats the symptom rather than the problem," hesaid.

RomeoGarza served in Vietnam. He was diagnosed with PTSD in 2000, and now works withAMVETS, helping veterans cope with lifeafter war.

"There'sa 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.

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

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

FindlayPolice are not saying that vets are prone to criminal behavior, but they havenoticed a pattern of destructive actions.

CaptainYoung is hoping that his officers learn how to point vets in the rightdirection when they have lost their way.

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