Byline: Judith Graham
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. _ Even with the dramatic entry of U.S. troops into Baghdad this week, former Army Col. Gilbert Roman has kept the television turned off. This Desert Storm veteran can't handle the sadness he feels when he sees images of bombs exploding or Iraqi civilians hurt.
"I've been there; I know what it's like. I don't want to bring all of it back," says the burly, white-haired 60-year-old, who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
For those who fought in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, this is an especially emotional time. The job many of these veterans feel they left unfinished _ toppling Saddam Hussein from power _ may at last be nearing completion. With that comes a measure of exhilaration and relief.
"So many Gulf War vets have had an empty feeling inside because they feel they didn't finish their job. Now they're getting some gratification," …