He was sent back to Iraq within a few months, for the tour that ended this January. He expects to go back for a third time at the end of this year.
Military counselors say the frequency of multiple deployments has been a disincentive for troops to seek help readjusting to life at home, and has made counseling difficult.
"Some of them don't see the relevance of coming for counseling because their bags are still packed,'' said Donna Hryb, team leader at the Hartford Vet Center in Wethersfield.
Some PTSD experts also suggest that the growing public sentiment against the war can have a negative effect on the mental health of some troops shuttling back and forth to Iraq.
"If there's controversy and doubt about the validity of the war, it has a major psychological impact, for both the therapist and soldier,'' said Blank, the psychiatrist and expert on PTSD.
James Gavin, a Vietnam veteran who is team leader of the New Haven Vet Center, said military medicine has a different emphasis than civilian medicine. The military is "looking at unit cohesion and cohesiveness,'' he said. "They're not so concerned with a heightened state of alertness, or sleeplessness, or other things. They might want people on edge.''
That's what concerns Larry Syverson.
In a recent e-mail from Kuwait, his son Bryce, who is safe from combat for now, complained that some leaders of his unit "want to actually go to Ramadi,'' and had tried to "volunteer'' the battalion for the front lines of Iraq.
Larry said he isn't worried that Bryce, whom he calls a "good soldier,'' would resist.
He's worried that he wouldn't.
Courant Staff Writer Matthew Kauffman contributed to this story.