Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 5:05 PM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk among Montana veterans has been about U.S. Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research paper he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.

How those veteran voters respond means a lot to Walsh. He has built his election campaign for the Senate around his 33-year career in the National Guard and his proposals to help veterans and their families.

The reaction so far has been a mixed bag of condemnation, sympathy and shrugs.

Former Army Capt. Dave Mihalic (mih-HAUL'-uck) says only the U.S. Army War College can determine whether PTSD symptoms are an excuse or a legitimate factor in the apparent plagiarism.

The college has launched an investigation into revelations that Walsh extensively used others' work without attribution in the paper required for his master's degree.

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