I (we) are two vets who deployed to Mosul Iraq. Matt was a tanker, and Doc was a medic AMA!
My Name is Matthew O'Farrell. I deployed to Mosul Iraq, before ISIS took over. I am kind of new to reddit, so I brought my friend with me who was our medic over there. He is very familiar with reddit.
We were in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq during what was called the "surge". Now we're trying to field an innovative system for treatment, by vets for vets. It involves Virtual Reality therapy using the oculus rift.
It works on the time tested principals of exposure therapy, with technology facilitating the exposure environment.
I was a 19K which is a tanker, and he was a 68W which is a medic. We patrolled the streets of Mosul, and trained Iraqi Army soldiers daily. Ask us anything (though obviously there are some questions we can't or won't answer.)
My indiegogo project can be found here
the website is here http://www.viprvr.com/
and if you want to stay updated, the facebook is here https://www.facebook.com/VipRtech
Edit2 I'm going to copy paste this response here so it doesn't get lost in the mix
Here's the ELI5 version If you're afraid of snakes the shrink might bring a picture of a snake, and a rubber snake and a real snake. First they make you look at the picture of the snake until you stop being afraid of looking at pictures of snakes. Then you hold the rubber snake. Then finally you touch the real snake. That's a LOT harder to do with say a mortar attack, so it's simulated in VR
Here's a video of Dr Albert (Skip) Rizzo explaining the science behind it