Veteran's Posttraumatic Stress Disorder rips family apart

Kelly, 36, had slowly lost touch with her father after her parents divorced when she was a child. A few years ago, she tried to track him down hoping to reestablish a father-daughter relationship. But she could not find a trace of him in any phone directory or on the Web.

Then a year ago, she received a call from a relative around Thanksgiving informing her that her father had been incarcerated in a prison in Florida for the past few years. Despite the nature of his crime, she traveled from Seattle to Florida in an effort to reconnect with him.

As Kelly got to know him again, she says she realized that his explosive temper and alcohol abuse she remembered from her youth were symptoms of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder he lived with after he fought in the Vietnam War.

In this multimedia interview, she describes the impact of her father’s crime and incarceration on her life and his family, and wonders what similar effect the Iraq conflict will have on returning soldiers and their families. This interactive media player also provides links to Web resources, facts about PTSD, and data on veterans who are incarcerated.

Interactive Interview & Resources

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About Sandeep Junnarkar

Sandeep Junnarkar is the founder and editorial director of Family Lives Behind Bars.