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Barn dances bring joy and relief to veterans with PTSD


December 16, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Nothing puts a smile on Roosevelt Smith's face quite like dancing. It helps him forget, for a while, the post-traumatic stress disorder he's had since the Gulf War.

Smith is one of a few dozen veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries who fight depression and anxiety with a group dancing class that gathers at an AmVets post in Louisville, Kentucky.

"It's a way of calming yourself, an outlet so to speak," Smith said as a fiddler and a piano player warmed up behind him. "We have a lot of things that we do as far as prescription drugs, but this right here is the b...

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