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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

When PTSD Comes Marching Home

Rivers Pitt concludes, that "any nation that cannot properly care for their veterans has no business making new ones. These, our newest generation of scarred soldiers, deserve far better than what they have received from the government and the nation they swore to defend. We sent them over there, and now they are marching home, some of them with Hell itself in their minds and hearts. They can, and must, be helped and healed. We must get them out of Iraq, get them out of Afghanistan, get them home and get them well. They deserve nothing less from us, and it is the very least we can do for them."

See also:
Clinic Shootings Highlight Mental Health Challenges for Military

-"nearly 30,000 [Soldiers] are on their third or fourth tour"

-"more than 27 percent of the NCOs surveyed on their third or fourth deployment reported depression, anxiety or acute stress"
-"overall, the Army's suicide rate reached a record level in 2008, surpassing 20 percent and exceeding that for the U.S. population"

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