Honoring a Victim of PTSD

Linda Tyssen of the Mesabi Daily News reports on the naming of AMVETS Post 33 after Noah Charles Pierce: a 23-year-old Army veteran of the war in Iraq who committed suicide in July, following a battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Honoring Pierce's service, and treating his death as a casualty of war marks a paradigm shift from previous eras, when mental trauma was ignored, denied, and treated as an aberration. As the article quotes Commander Shawn Carr, who had sought to name the post for Pierce when it was first chartered, "As far as I’m concerned, Noah died of injuries received in combat."