Kansas military children dad's PTSD affects them

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Two Hutchinson middle-school age sisters want people to know that post-traumatic stress disorder can also affect the children of military men and women.

Twelve-year-old Kristin Stowers, and her 14-year-old sister, Kaili Stowers, have learned first-hand about PTSD. Their father, Steve Stowers is a U.S. Marine veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD in 2010 after serving in Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91. He recently finished an intensive PTSD treatment program at Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka.

Kristin and Kaili told The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1mkyKpW ) that their dad's PTSD affected them, making them more nervous and isolated.

Kristin has written an essay about her experience, which Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp entered into the Congressional Record last week.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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