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For thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, driving has become an ordeal. Once their problems were viewed mainly as a form of road rage or thrill seeking. But increasingly, erratic driving by returning troops is being identified as a symptom of traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, or P.T.S.D. -- and coming under greater scrutiny amid concerns about higher...
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  • Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist Marc Samuels, left, helps retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max calm down during a driving simulation in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max works with a Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Data on eye tracking, heart rate, and more is gathered on a laptop as retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max works with a Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • A reminder note from a veteran is on the visor of the VA car used for driving simulations to overcome problems associated with driving in Iraq or Afghanistan in Palo Alto, Calif., December 15, 2011.
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  • Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist Marc Samuels, left, helps retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max calm down during a driving simulation in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist Marc Samuels, left, helps retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max calm down during a driving simulation in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist Marc Samuels, left, helps retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max calm down during a driving simulation in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist Marc Samuels, left, helps retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max calm down during a driving simulation in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Data on eye tracking, heart rate, and more is gathered on a laptop as retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max works with a Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist Marc Samuels, right, keeps a hand ready to intervene during a driving simulation with retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist Marc Samuels, right, keeps a hand ready to intervene during a driving simulation with retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max works with a Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Retired Army Civil Affairs officer Sue Max works with a Veterans Affairs driving rehab specialist in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 2011 to conquer some of the driving fears she gained while serving in Iraq.
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  • Steve Woodward, staff psychologist at the National Center for PTSD, left, tries out a driving simulator as VA Driving Rehabilitation Specialist Marc Samuels, right, looks on in Palo Alto, Calif., December 15, 2011.
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  • Steve Woodward, staff psychologist at the National Center for PTSD, left, tries out a driving simulator in Palo Alto, Calif., December 15, 2011.
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  • A checklist of triggers for veterans is next to a driving simulator at the VA hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., December 15, 2011.
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