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Divorce is Hidden Cost of Iraq War, Couple Says

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Divorce is Hidden Cost of Iraq War, Couple Says

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Divorce is Hidden Cost of Iraq War, Couple Says

Divorce is Hidden Cost of Iraq War, Couple Says

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Last spring, Anna and Peter Mohan, a young couple from Western Massachusetts, were coping with the aftermath of war.

Peter has suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder since his 2004 return from Iraq. The couple had hoped that psychiatric treatment would get Peter back on track and help to save their marriage, but that didn't happen.

The Mohans speak once more about the unraveling of their marriage — which they see as one of the many hidden costs of the war.

Marriage Suffers Under the Strain of PTSD

Marriage Suffers Under the Strain of PTSD

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Anna and Peter Mohan are a couple in their 20s who married just before Peter went to Iraq with the Army. When he came back, Peter was a different man — morose, withdrawn and, eventually, suicidal.

He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In their own words, Anna and Peter talk about how PTSD almost destroyed their marriage. Peter is getting help, but their future still feels precarious.

This story was produced by Karen Brown.

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