For 35 years, Paul Middleton avoided the Cooper River bridges. Fearful of glimpsing the gray warships at Patriots Point, the North Charleston resident took Interstate 526.
Middleton, 57, has post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
On Monday afternoon, the Vietnam veteran sat at a picnic table at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, tapping his fingers. He said his anxiety level was an eight on a scale of one to 10.