Local Veterans Overcome Trauma through Therapy

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Army Sargeant Ryan Craig was shot in the head during a tour in Afghanistan and suffers from traumatic brain injury, or TBI.  He started getting long term treatment at Southern California's Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez spoke with him a year ago about his uphill battle to full recovery. Although Craig’s improved he'll need some degree of care and supervision the rest of his life, with most of the day-to-day burden falling on his mother. We update that story and hear about one alternative therapy that servicemen and women are receiving here in Los Angeles. Practitioners hope the treatment will reduce the need for medication - and provide some stress-free fun at the same time. KCRW’s Avishay Artsy has that story.