Oroville

A personal war, at home

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Jared Starkel returned from Iraq four years ago, but the memories of his service there have yet to leave him.

Recurring dreams and overwhelming, painful emotions oftentimes make daily interactions a complicated, internal struggle for Jared.

Now, with a wife and four children to support, Jared is trying even harder to combat his PTSD so he can spend more time with the family he loves.

More than a Warrior

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By Michelle San Miguel
News21 / Syracuse University

Jared Starkel was walking past the dairy case at Prince’s Center — the grocery store where he worked — when the “threat” appeared out of nowhere.

An Arab man was coming toward him.

Jared’s mind processed the data: Turban. Beard. Blue, flowing garment.

Different Vets in the woods

Ed Bush and Bob Davis talk as the sun sets. Photo by: Juliette Lynch
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Ed and Linda Bush took another several hours of their time Saturday to escort Juliette and I around to veterans in the woods of Ferry and Okanogan counties. We met two: Mike Rounds and Bob Davis.

Mike, who spent four years in the Army during the Vietnam War, has steely eyes, a cool, steady voice, and 20 gorgeous acres far above a wooded valley. For 25 years, he designed traffic patterns for major events in Seattle, a job that gave him a thorough distaste for city life. “I see living out here as definitely an escape,” he said.

Mothers unite

Daralyn Hollenbeck, Blue Star Mothers organizer Photo by: Sherri Williams

When Daralyn Hollenbeck saw mothers of soldiers at war she always thought the women handled the stress of having a child at battle with ease.

"When it happened to me I realized it wasn't so easy," said Hollenbeck, 51, of Oroville whose son Josh Hollenbeck was deployed to Iraq in February. "The biggest thing that surprised me was how deploy I feared for him."

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