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September 08, 2010

Remnants Of War

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Remnants Of War

The V.A. recently made it easier for veterans to be designated victims of PTSD. But if those PTSD patients are actually being helped by their treatments is still a matter of debate. Jim Worlein served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and came within feet of death many times. In the years following Jim's deployment, his PTSD symptoms - headaches, tremors, nightmares and panic attacks - got worse and worse. The treatment Jim received at the V.A. wasn't working, so he finally sought the help of a private therapist. Jim and his wife Lyz talk with Dick Gordon about life as a family coping with PTSD, and Jim's hopes for other veterans.

Open Mic

We recently asked listeners for stories from a deployment. Today, a listener’s story that came not from a military deployment, but from a humanitarian mission.

First Day Of Retirement

Teachers will be retiring in record numbers over the next few years. Today, Dick Gordon speaks with one newly retired teacher from Iowa. Today would have been Hani Elkadi’s first day back to school, but now he is deciding what to do with the rest of his life.  Hani took a circuitous route to the classroom. He grew up in Egypt, became a surgeon, then a writer and artist. He retired from medicine at a young age, and decided to teach in Iowa City.

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