June 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm EST | by Staff reports
Doc explores PTSD toll on gay vets
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SAN FRANCISCO — A documentary called “The Camouflage Closet” was screened in San Francisco last week as part of the National Queer Arts Festival. It profiles the lives of nine LGBT veterans and their struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma and recovery, Scope, a Stanford Medicine blog, reported.

Michael Nedelman, a medical student at Stanford, told the blog that people generally use community and identity to cope with traumatic experiences, two things LGBT service members had to suppress in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era.

“We will continue to see the impacts of anti-LGBT policies and it is becoming clear that there is much that can be done to address it.”

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