Friday, April 18, 2008

What lies ahead

Think about how many of these young men and women will never get over this war.
Roughly one in five U.S. troops is suffering from major depression or post-traumatic stress from serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an equal number have suffered brain injuries, a new study estimates.

Only about half of them have sought treatment, says the study released Thursday by the Rand Corp.

A recently completed survey showed 18.5% — or 300,000 people — said they have symptoms of depression or PTSD, the researchers said. Nineteen% — or 320,000 — suffered head injuries ranging from mild concussions to penetrating head wounds.

Those two groups may overlap, but still, we're talking about hundreds of thousands of soldiers walking around without treatment (at least one hundred big high schools full,) and some percentage of them will never recover.

Now, let's talk about flag lapel pins, because that's what's important.

(Posted by Mike - Born at the Crest of the Empire)
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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

This story made me so angry Mike. It seems to me that everyone of the idiots responsible for sending these guys into combat should be forced to deploy themselves for six months and see how much they like their war then.

7:07:00 PM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

Yeah. We're potentially looking at another generation of Vietnam like vets with the substance abuse problems, homelessness issues, and everything else.

I'm a big believer in the phrase,

"They held up their end of the bargain, we have to hold up ours."

11:57:00 AM  

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