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Veterans of America prodded to give more aid to female vets

By: Tony Perry,

Reporting from Oceanside, Calif. — Kristine Wise remembers driving from San Diego to Victorville to visit her brother and seeing haunting messages on the freeway signs. Instead of the speed limit or the miles to the next town, she envisioned: Beware of Snipers. Watch Out for Bombs. 40 miles to Baghdad. Death Ahead.

“It was horrible” said Wise, who served in Iraq with the Army in 2003 and 2004.

The disturbing images are part of the anxiety and panic attacks she has suffered since serving as a supply clerk just as the insurgency was becoming proficient at killing Americans with roadside bombs and suicide attacks.

In Iraq, her depression ran so deep that she wrote a suicide poem: “The pressure is too great / I’m going to crack and fall apart / . . . My casket is now fully covered, it looks nice.” Sent back to Germany, Wise received psychiatric and medical treatment before she was honorably discharged in 2004, two years early.

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