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“If a person has had a traumatic experience and can vent that in music, that can be very positive,” she said. “Anybody who deals with people in some trauma will tell you the most damaging thing to do is suppress it.”

Dunson said he hopes his music helps other veterans confront their PTSD, even as he struggles with it himself.

“I lost it all, not just my wife and daughter, but my mind,” he said. “If I had died over there, I would have got a 21-gun salute, everybody would praise me like I was a king. What do I get now?”

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Leo Dunson’s music can be found at http://www.sgtdunson.com.