Mental health experts discuss options for local veterans

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The mental health of our military members has raised public discussion once again after a deadly shooting on Wednesday at Fort Hood in Texas.

The shooting at Fort Hood claimed four lives including the alleged gunman Ivan Lopez, and injuring more than a dozen people.

Lopez was an Iraq war veteran being treated for depression and anxiety. He was also being assessed for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The shooting has shined the light once again on mental health.

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Experts with the Department of Veterans Affairs said PTSD or a mental health condition doesn't equal violence.

"It's really important that not every veteran that served in the military is going to explode at any given minute," explained Derek Atkinson, spokesman with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In Toledo, local soldiers returning from combat who need help adjusting can come to the Toledo Vet Center in south Toledo.

"They do have difficulty with nightmares. That's a very common symptom we see. We may see issues with irritability and difficulty understanding some of their experiences," explained Dr. Amy Bixler from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs.

The center provides a variety of services for returning soldiers. Counselors said when it comes to mental health issues, experts are on hand to help.

Veterans who need help with a counselor can contact the Toledo Vet Center by calling 1-888-988-4883.