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norml Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:32 AM
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War's toll on troops revealed in survey
October 19, 2005

War's toll on troops revealed in survey
More than 1 in 4 require medical or mental treatment after coming home


By Gregg Zoroya
USA Today
More than one in four U.S. troops have come home from Iraq with health problems that require medical or mental health treatment, according to the Pentagon's first detailed screening of servicemembers leaving a war zone.

Almost 1,700 servicemembers returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom this year said they harbored thoughts of hurting themselves or might be better off dead. More than 250 said they had such thoughts "a lot." Nearly 20,000 reported nightmares or unwanted war recollections; more than 3,700 admitted having concerns that they might "hurt or lose control" with someone else.


Overall, since the war began, about 28 percent of Iraq veterans -- roughly 50,000 troops this year alone -- returned with ailments ranging from lingering battle wounds to toothaches, from suicidal thoughts to strained marriages. The figure dwarfs the often-quoted Iraq casualty count: 1,980 American troops dead and 15,220 wounded through Tuesday.

Some survey results, which have not been publicly released, were provided to USA Today by the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine.

After a more conventional phase of fighting in 2003, more soldiers and Marines surveyed in 2004 and 2005 said they felt in "great danger" of being killed. Twice as many said they fired a weapon in combat.


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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:22 AM
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1. kick.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:30 AM
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2. I would hope that America is paying attention! These are our boys
let's not forget em.
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:20 AM
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3. I hope we don't forget our men and women
I am not very optimistic, though, considering our actions regarding Viet Nam veterans, or veterans of the first Gulf War. We as a nation have a record of letting our government get away with screwing over the troops once we have no further use for them. There are going to be a lot of depressed, frustrated, angry and DANGEROUS veterans in our country.
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soup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:08 AM
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4. Have nothing to add except
a kick and a recommendation so more can read this.
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