LACEY, Wash. - John Christiansen is a patriot. He loves his country, is proud of his service, and proud of his Harley trike.

But for this Vietnam vet it has been a rough road. For 40 years he's been fighting the effects of PTSD.

He s still fighting for our country by fighting a new generation of veterans through a support group called Project New Hope.

The first question we ask these guys is do you know what PTSD is? And they say yeah I know what PTSD is and I don't have it, said Christiansen.

Christiansen is the first to point out he doesn't know what caused the soldier to open fire on Afghan civilians, but he wants every soldier to know help is available.

PTSD isn't a death sentence, but you have to reach out and you have to accept the resources that are there for you, he said.

Christiansen says soldiers are often reluctant to seek help. Help, he says can signal weakness. But stigma surrounding mental illness isn't the only issue:

You go from a combat situation and then you come home and you become distrustful of everyone, said Christiansen.

That includes the people and professionals who are there to help. All the screening in the world, says Christiansen, may not be enough.

Some say they know how to beat the system so there has to be a willingness on the part of the soldier in the mental health assessments. But we've also talked to others who say the military is often skeptical of PTSD.

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