He was hit by a roadside bomb while fighting in Iraq on February 27th, 2007 and now-retired Sergeant First Class Doug Rowe knew he was, “banged up.” But Rowe says it took a while to realize he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a syndrome he is still battling. Rowe says he realizes there are a lot of others dealing with PTSD and other problems, but he says, hopefully, help is on its way. A newly-formed Cache Valley Veterans Alliance is holding an Open House tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Logan National Guard Armory and Rowe says he believes it will fill a real need. “Our biggest thing right now is just to try to form an organization, a group where we can go and discuss,” Rowe said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday. “We have individuals who have experienced the same thing that can talk about it and possibly help each other out. We’ve got online the VA is sending up a therapist, we have USU that’s going to be sending down students to help out.” Rowe says representatives of the Veterans Administration, Military One Source and several other organizations will be available to assist with issues facing active duty, reserve, National Guard and Veteran Service members and their families. Call 760-9491 for more information.
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