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Letter: Many veterans recover from PTSD

Ronald Cinquemani was a U.S. Army specialist in

Ronald Cinquemani was a U.S. Army specialist in Iraq. After returning to civilian life, the Port Jefferson native struggled with PTSD. He died on Sept. 4, 2012, at the age of 33.

The article on the tragic deaths of two Long Island veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder failed to give a full picture of the range of experiences of our veterans with PTSD ["The deaths of 2 veterans," News, Feb. 2].

There have been far too many losses of our soldiers by suicide and other causes -- even one is too many. But there are also veterans and nonveterans who have courageously found paths of recovery to happy and full lives despite PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

Make no mistake, this journey contains many challenges, and there is no single solution. However, both the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and the Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD note dozens of evidence-based practices and "promising practices" that have helped.

Further, despite the criticism in the article, many participants of our Pfc. Joseph Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project attribute the VA system as being critical to starting and supporting their recovery.

Our project hires and trains veterans of all eras. Many have traveled their own roads with military-service transition, including care from the VA. The veterans provide individual and group guidance to other veterans on practices and personal strategies to help veterans lead fulfilling lives.

For more information, call 631-853-8345 or send email to

Michael Stoltz, Ronkonkoma

Editor's note: The writer is executive director of the nonprofit groups Mental Health Association in Suffolk and the Suffolk County United Veterans.


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