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Iraq war veteran gets violent in Portland restaurant: Hate crime or PTSD?

Sergeant Major Damien Rodriguez before appearing in court in Portland, Ore., July 7, 2017. Rodriguez, an active duty Marine, faces charges related to an April incident in an Iraqi restaurant in Portland, where he sat without ordering and then hit the staff with a chair. (Amanda Lucier/The New York Times)

He caused an incident in a Portland, Ore., restaurant that resulted in felony hate-crime charges. But friends and family of the U.S. Marine say it was caused by post-traumatic stress disorder for which, despite repeated efforts, he never received effective treatment.

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