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Veterans’ Mental Health Challenges (2016)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-09-09

Duration: 00:07:27

Subjects: Military | Veterans | Mental Health | Iraq War, 2003-2011 | Afghan War, 2001- | Violence | Post-traumatic stress disorder


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Photographer
  • Robinson, Dean Interviewee
  • Suldo, Jonathan Interviewee
  • Choate, Rylan Interviewee
  • Watson, Emeric Interviewee
  • Edds, Douglas Interviewee
  • Caston, Samuel Interviewee
  • Williams, Chuck Interviewee


This segment from the September 9, 2016, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Kevin Gautreaux’s report on the mental health challenges facing veterans of the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gautreaux reports that the shooters in the Dallas and Baton Rouge police shootings were both military veterans. He interviews Dr. Dean Robinson, the Chief of Mental Health Services with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, who discusses the likelihood that soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will turn to violence. Gautreaux also profiles two Louisiana-based veterans group that offer peer support to returning veterans, Veteran Peer Support in Lafayette and Wounded War Heroes. He interviews: Jonathan Suldo and Rylan Choate of Veteran Peer Support; Emeric Watson of Wounded War Heroes; and Douglas Edds, Samuel Caston, and Chuck Williams, Louisiana veterans. This segment is a part of the Veterans Coming Home Initiative. Host: Charlie Whinham