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May 16, 2014

After husband's tragic death, widow takes on PTSD

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Amy Miner says her late husband’s fight did not end when he left the war.

As with many veterans, Kryn Miner’s battle against the emotional scars of a long military career was just beginning when he returned home.

It ended last month when he was shot to death by one of their four children after he threatened to kill the family.

Since losing him, the 39-year-old widow has vowed to bring attention to the need for better treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

“The truth of the matter is if we can’t take care of our veterans we shouldn’t be sending them off to war,” she said in a Monday interview with The Associated Press. “It doesn’t make sense. Because they’re coming back and this is the result and it’s happening more and more.”

A young Army veteran at age 44, Kryn Miner was a loving father and husband, a dedicated career soldier, the guy who would walk into a room and make immediate friends, his wife said.

But after 11 deployments in seven years, he became troubled. His behavior changed noticeably after he was thrown into a wall during a blast in Afghanistan in 2010, one of 19 blasts in his 25-year career, his widow said. Suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury, he tried to take his own life in September, she said.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says about 15 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. The disorder is treatable and many soldiers diagnosed with it are successful and high functioning, according to Army Medical Command spokeswoman Maria Tolleson.

But PTSD also affects entire families dealing with a loved one who can become isolated, anxious or act out due to anger or depression.

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