Article written by Daniel Terdiman and published on Monday, 2 July 2012 in CNet News.
Virtual reality vs. PTSD: Helping combat vets heal
LOS ANGELES–I’m sitting across from a soldier named Garza, trying to get him to open up about why he got caught drinking and driving.
This is a serious offense in the military, and Garza could lose his rank, if not get kicked out of the Army altogether. And it’s my job as his superior officer to try to understand that Garza — who used to be among the best in his unit — may be struggling with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
This, of course, is a simulation. I’m not in the military, and Garza doesn’t even exist. But the idea is very real: training young officers to deal with subordinates who are struggling with undiagnosed issues that might be related to PTSD — something that has become an epidemic among Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans.