Marine's battle moves from Iraq to PTSD, red tape

Marine Sgt. Steven Raimondi experienced five straight days of firefights and bloodshed during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom back in 2003. Nine years

CORAM - Marine Sgt. Steven Raimondi experienced five straight days of firefights and bloodshed during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom back in 2003. Nine years after those dark days and four years after leaving active service, Raimondi?s battle has now moved beyond the battlefield.

Raimondi suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The veteran applied for "service-connected" PTSD benefits 13 months ago, but his application still hasn't been approved by Veterans Affairs. He has been forced to pay out-of-pocket for medication and treatments.

"He fought for his country, did a good job, and now he just wants ? he needs help," says Raimondi's father Joseph, a Navy veteran from the Vietnam era.

Organizers at MilitaryFamily.com say Raimondi isn?t alone.

"I believe the government is trying to do the best that they can, but I believe they're being overwhelmed by the numbers coming back home," says Jon Werz.For extended video of Marine Sgt. Steven Raimondi, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select the 'iO Extra' tab.

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