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Every dog has its day

Every dog has its day
a short story

Rob Bartell spent sessions with his therapist discussing methods to channel his anger. Now he focused on cranking the window down in his cheap rental. The cool air refreshed him. The folded American flag and medal they tossed him at the capital were in a backpack on the passenger seat. He still felt the governor’s handshake, which tried to match his.

[You were there, Bro.]

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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.