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A Piece of My Mind
July 4, 2007

Stress, Redeployed

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(1):18-19. doi:10.1001/jama.298.1.18

Even though he is dressed in civilian clothes, his demeanor and his close-cropped hair suggest allegiance, routine, strength. His presenting to the VA Deployment Health Clinic is courageous, a humble call for help contrary to, or at least not routine in, military culture. Why else would he have come? He enters, respectfully, and chooses the chair facing the door.

“How did you find out about our clinic?”

“A buddy from my unit told me about you. He was having nightmares.” His physical assurance is betrayed by a quiet unease, a quick scanning of the room, a set jaw. “And my wife wanted me to come in.”