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August 2013 , Page 18 

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Echoes of War

By Brockton Hunter and Ryan Else

Part One: Combat Trauma and Criminal Behavior by Veterans

Editor's Note: This article is the first of a two-part series. Part One addresses the history of combat trauma and its ties to criminal behavior. Part Two will focus on the nuts and bolts of effectively defending veterans in criminal court.

I. Into the Aftermath

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the United States now turns to the inevitable aftermath. While the majority of the new generation of veterans will return home stronger and wiser from their service, many others will bring their war home with them, silently suffering from invisible injuries. Untreated, some will self-medicate with alcohol or drugs and act out in self-destructive, reckless, and sometimes violent ways, victimizing the very communities and individuals they were once willing to sacrifice their lives to protect.

While psychological trauma has long been a recognized consequence of combat, it has remained a taboo — a painful and inconven

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