Wilton resident Anthony M. Hassan, doctor of education, licensed social worker, and chief executive officer and president of the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), based in Stamford, has a theory about why so many war veterans in recent decades seem to come home with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Twenty percent of veterans will have symptoms or diagnoses of PTSD, but when you think about it, there has been repeated deployment in the past 15 years,” said Hassan, who lives in Wilton with his wife, Emiko, and daughter Isabella. It’s not like previous wars, where soldiers did one or two tours of duty. “We have guys with four or five tours, some with 20 tours. It’s a small military and they are repeatedly sent to war. You can’t expect not to be affected after all that repeated exposure.”