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When Marine veteran Tim Maynard returned home from active duty last year, he was diagnosed with PTSD. His life spiraled out of control.

"Things went kind of down a dark road for me after getting out," Maynard says. "With the PTSD, I lost my family, I lost my job; my apartment complex kicked me out because I had a flashback."

No matter what he did, nothing seemed to help.

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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers all over the country are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business. That means indoor confined animal feeding operations – or CAFOs – are growing even in the most environmentally sensitive areas.

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Shawn Lee is a former Army infantryman who lives in Columbia. He served in both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lee and his friend and fellow veteran Daniel Hartman, came to StoryCorps to talk about why Lee enlisted, and the challenges he faced coming home.

This story was edited by Casey Morell for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon announces $3 million expansion of a Troy, Mo. auto part manufacturer
  • New Missouri state law to give military veterans higher education benefits
  • Attorney General Chris Koster has sided with Gov. Jay Nixon in a veteod tax bill determination
  • Strikes for better wages take place across the country, Columbia  

Mexico native Frank Kramer, 86, will receive his high school diploma from Mexico High School on May 20.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former Republican state lawmaker to the Missouri Veterans' Commission.

Chuck Wooten is a World War II veteran from Nixa who served five terms in the Missouri House.

The commission provides information to veterans and their families about their rights and helps them obtain state and federal benefits. It also oversees skilled nursing facilities for veterans and veteran cemeteries.

Nixon announced Wooten's appointment Wednesday. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve until November 2015.

Newscast for May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Veterans home funding bill sent to Mo. governor
  • Mo. House passes bill on asthma medicines in schools
  • MU coach Haith getting key to city in St. Louis

 

The jobless rate for veterans remains high, but a Missouri program is making inroads in changing that.

Cole County has the highest American Legion veteran membership rates in the entire state. But the numbers are still lower than the legion would like to see.

Boone County’s 13th judicial circuit court is seeking funding for the possible addition of a veterans alternative sentencing program.