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The Returning US Veteran

A number of recent reports shed further light on the growing social and public health crisis among US veterans. After serving tours in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of troops are returning wounded and psychologically traumatized from the experience. With their needs frequently ill met by the military medical system and confronted with a collapsing economy, data suggest the most disturbed are committing suicide and violent crimes, and suffering homelessness, addiction, and mental illness in record numbers.

On January 13, the New York Times published the first part in a series of examinations into killings committed in the United States by returned veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Under the title “War Torn,” the series examines 121 cases in which Iraq and Afghanistan veterans had committed or were charged with killings, most of them murder, and many linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and consequent substance abuse and domestic distress.

Three-quarters of the veterans involved in the killings compiled by the Times were still in the military at the time of the deaths. Nearly a third of the victims were girlfriends or family members, including several shaken babies and young children who were beaten to death. A quarter of the victims were other military personnel. Read more…

April 9th, 2008 Posted by | Personal Opinions | no comments