LAMPASAS — Mike O’Hara survived firefights, mortar explosions and rocket attacks during three tours with the infantry in Vietnam, but the emotional scars and pain he brought back home nearly destroyed him.

“I drank an awful lot,” O’Hara says. “Up until recently — maybe 10 years ago, when (Department of Veterans Affairs) finally got a handle on what medications worked for me — I was drunk every night. Got into a lot of trouble over that stuff, but it’s the only way I could deal with it.

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