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Did PTSD play a role in Essex Jct. shooting?

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - With a military career spanning more than 25 years, 44-year-old Kryn Miner was a true solider.

He was deployed to Afghanistan as a Chief Warrant Officer with the Vermont National Guard's 86th infantry brigade combat team in 2010, but he returned with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Two months ago
Miner went on a Chicago news channel to talk about his struggles, and about an organization called the Lone Survivor Foundation which he credits with saving him after a suicide attempt back in September. "I was diagnosed in 2011 with PTSD and TBI from the multiple deployments. Since going to the ranch with LSF it changed my life quite honestly. Literally I say to people they saved my life," Miner said in the February 16 interview.

The Lone Survivor Foundation was developed by a former U.S. Navy SEAL to help soldiers readjust to civilian life. It aims to work through the consequences of war with rehabilitation and recovery services. Miner spoke about the importance of reaching out to resources like the Lone Survivor Foundation when returning home from deployment. "It put me in touch with resources I didn't know were available, it helped me reconnect with my family, it made me feel like I wasn't alone," he said

Miner was an active member of Burlington's CrossFit community -- a military style workout program. He recently earned his coaching certificate and became an assistant coach at CrossFit Burlington in the fall of 2013. The center set up a memorial fund to help support
Miner's family as they move forward. Owner and friend Beau Teal released a statement saying:

"He was an advocate and spokesperson on behalf of the Forgotten Fallen and the Lone Survivor Foundation. He was deeply committed to the notion that our nation's veterans have access to the peer support network and resources they need to manage the impact of their time in the service."

It is not clear what role, if any, PTSD played in the shooting. Police say this is still an active investigation and have not released any further details at this time.

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