Ann Simank is no stranger to terrorism and grief. A city council member in Oklahoma City, her district includes the site of the bombed Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. She's a mental health therapist and runs a large counseling center.
And Simank reports: Many fire, police and emergency officers, "first responders" to the 1995 bombing, were so traumatized by what they saw and heard that they're still in mental health treatment today.
"These guys are independent, trained to be tough," she notes. "But they don't take care of themselves very well." Many have been troubled by flashbacks, nightmares, guilt and depression. There have been suicides on the forces since the bombing. Substance abuse and divorces have run high.
"And we're still receiving over 100 calls a month to …