‘I’m done hiding this’: Jason Kander pulls out of mayor’s race, citing PTSD and depression


Jason Kander, a former Army intelligence officer who is considered a rising star of the Democratic Party, announced Tuesday that he was pulling out of the race for mayor of Kansas City, saying that he was suffering from PTSD and depression from a stint in Afghanistan.

Kander, 37, made the announcement in a letter he posted online, saying that he was done “trying to outrun depression and PTSD symptoms” that he traced back 11 years to a four-month tour in the Middle East.

“I’m done hiding this from myself and from the world,” Kander said. “When I wrote in my book that I was lucky to not have PTSD, I was just trying to convince myself. And I wasn’t sharing the full picture. I still have nightmares. I am depressed.”

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