Art Leal, a Desert Storm veteran, is a Texas native and is no fan of his state’s open carry policy.
Leal has begun to go to public businesses that allow open carry weapons and hand out the following card:
While Leal claims that he is trying to ease the suffering of the 20% of veterans suffering from PTSD, many vets feel quite the opposite.
Here’s an image of Leal:
Here are some of the replies he’s gotten on Facebook by veterans, some of which Leal has deleted:
From ABC 2 News Odessa, TX :
One veteran asking local businesses to rethink open carry in their establishments.
Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder may be sensitive to certain triggers which remind them of life on the battle field.
For Art Leal, he wants people to know one trigger could be a gun. He explains now that the state passed open carry, some could suffer in silence.
“A lot of times the gun itself will stress the veteran,” Leal said.
Experts say one in five veterans experience PTSD after the battlefield.
“They have rapid heart beat, they feel very anxious and can’t function,” Leal said.
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