OKLAHOMA CITY – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects half a million veterans in the United States. In Oklahoma, 11,590 veterans were treated for PTSD last year in outpatient clinics with the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System and 817 veterans were hospitalized for the illness.
More than 50 brain banks exist in the United States — allowing researchers to study brain tissue samples from donor’s suffering from alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease and even depression. Yet there has never been a brain bank to study PTSD – until now.
Boyd Barclay, an Oklahoma Vietnam War Veteran, knows all too well the pain PTSD causes.
“All of a sudden it comes through your mind just in a flash,” he said about his time serving in the Vietnam War.
Specifically, he remembers June 8, 1967, the day he and his crew came under enemy fire.
“First burst got the engine, the second burst came through and got us,” he said.
They were shot down while flying a Huey gun ship, trying to give life support for the ground troops.