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SOU Student Film Takes Personal Look At PTSD Remedy

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People have known about the benefits of visiting the ocean since long before there was even language for the idea of "tourism."  U.S. Army veteran Paul Kirby noted the salutory effects he got from sea kayaking after he'd been dealing with PTSD and depression. 

And Kirby told his story in a student film produced at Southern Oregon University, "Lodestar."  The film has been accepted for screening at a half-dozen film festivals; Kirby's desire to share his ocean therapy with other vets is the focus of a bill in Congress.  Paul Kirby visits to talk about his quest and his work publicizing it.

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