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PTSD sufferers fear backlash in wake of SEAL murdered

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It is fact for which there is rock solid confirmation - during his four combat tours Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle saved scores of Marines from insurgent bullets.

That a deeply disturbed former Marine would senselessly take the life of a comrade who was so clearly trying to help him speaks to the real and present danger of battle related post-traumatic stress.

"That should be a wake-up call to everybody that these guys continually need help, these guys and girls that come back from combat," said Paul De La Cerda, an Iraq War veteran.

With his band "Warrior Spirit" De La Cerda deploys music as a force of healing for both his own PTSD as well as that suffered by the military comrades with which he regularly comes in contact.

"We are just trying our best to bring these guys back to who they were," said De La Cerda.

De La Cerda genuinely fears the killing of Chris Kyle will result in the kind of negative "blowblack" against veterans that the Seal sniper was fighting to end.

"You already know the backlash from it is going to be guys with PTSD will automatically be labeled as killers or guys that are about to snap," said De La Cerda.

It is a latent anti-veteran bias exacerbated by a controversial tweet from former presidential candidate Ron Paul who posted of Kyle's death "he who lives by the sword dies by the sword".

Karen Thompson leads the post traumatic stress treatment program at Houston's DeBakey VA Medical center.

"Most people with PTSD are not violent. I think its important to support our veterans and

help them to understand and their families to understand the devastating impact of being in combat and the lifelong impact that is going to have for many, many people," said Thompson.

"Coming in for help is not a weakness, but a strength," she added.

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