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State Surgeon: Critical Incident Stress real but manageable

By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff

LATHAM — Thousands of New York National Guard members have experienced combat overseas. Many more walked the ruins of 9/11 and natural disasters including hurricane Katrina. What’s familiar between them is the burden of “Critical Incident Stress,” a stress that’s different from starting a new job or being stuck in traffic.