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February 23, 2009

Saving Each Other

Researchers are just beginning to understand how active duty combat affects women and men differently. One thing they have learned is that female soldiers are more likely to experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Pat Harris served in the first Gulf War and came home with classic signs of PTSD. She would crack the windows to find enemies and shop online to avoid the supermarket meat aisle. But while Pat was gone, her then 9-year-old daughter Patricia was going through trauma as well - in her case, at the hands of an abusive caregiver. The two women talk with Dick Gordon about how they helped one another reintegrate to normal life.

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