By Jason Kander

October 2, 2018

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About four months ago, I contacted the VA to get help. It had been about 11
years since I left Afghanistan as an Army Intelligence Officer, and my tour
over there still impacted me every day. So many men and women who served our
country did so much more than me and were in so much more danger than I was
on my four-month tour. I can't have PTSD, I told myself, because I didn't
earn it.

But, on some level, I knew something was deeply wrong, and that it hadn't
felt that way before my deployment. After 11 years of this, I finally took a
step toward dealing with it, but I didn't step far enough.