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Primary Care Physicians discuss caring for soldiers

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Hundreds of Primary Care Physicians from the Coulee Region gathered at Western for their annual winter conference.

Among the topics they discussed, how to care for soldiers returning from deployments.

Dr. Ward Brown, a cardiologist at Gundersen Lutheran, is a solider himself.

He talked to doctors about his recent deployment to Afghanistan and things they can expect to see in patients down the road.

He said problems might not surface right a way, but they could see unusual illnesses from things soldiers were exposed to or psychological problems years after they're back in the states.

"When you're with your fellow soldiers many times you're able to keep things under control and its when you're back and don't have those support mechanisms readily available to you that things will start manifesting themselves," Dr. Brown said.

Every day one soldiers commits suicide, on average.

Dr. Brown said suicide is something that everyone can be on the look out for, not just physicians.

Signs could be giving possessions away, going from depression to euphoria quickly.

He said if you notice any of those things don't leave the person alone and seek medical help or call a pastor.

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