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Iraq War Casualties Still Ripple Across The Home Front


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: PTSD, Iraq war, politics, news, military, obama, veterans, politics, usa )

Cal
- 402 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Many of the Americans who fought in Iraq returned strengthened, with newfound confidence, deep friendships and pride of service. Others have returned with mental scars, diagnosed or not



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pam w. (187)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:03 am
The legacy of George W. Bush....
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:14 pm
"Brett Litz, a clinical psychologist for the Boston VA Healthcare System and a professor at Boston University, said those who return from war can be haunted for the rest of their lives by their experiences, by "the dark things they think about the world."

It has ever been so. I imagine the wars of thousands of years ago took no less a toll on those who served. Though my own service was more than 40 years ago, it is still with me every day, every night. And it was much easier, though no less hot, for me than these young people. This country is not prepared to deal with the aftermath, not at all. Things have improved with the VA, but not by that much, new facilities with old practices, well, not sure how much of an improvement, if it is even, that is. The hidden tragedy is that most suffer in silence and the trauma on their families is completely ignored, especially their children who grow up with one parent, afraid every morning that horrible news may come, and sometimes it does. War should never be the solution to our differences, our ability to do these things to each other is what separates us from the beasts, and not in a good way - they can forget, we can't.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:00 pm
Thanks.
 

Connie O. (32)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:04 pm
having a child and several family members that have served in Iraq, I know firsthand how great a toll it has taken on their lives. Bless them all.
 

EDWARD G. MRKVICKA (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:05 pm
our troops all deserve a big round of salutes for their service over seas and for protecting all of us and our country we are all proud of you all and hopefully one day all of this will come to an end and each and everyone of you fine folks will return home for good stay safe and good luck.
 

John S. (294)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:48 am
thanks
 

John Gregoire (248)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:52 am
Battlefield medicine and aviation has saved many lives that would have been lost as close back as Viet Nam whose veterand also suffer from the horrors of war but have been largely cast aside. We can help them all by advocating for a strong government commitment to veterans, retired military and their families. The Obama administration has done just the opposite by increasing health care costs for retirees and keeping the VA all too small to handle the surge.
 

paul m. (93)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:01 am

Get out of that war and put the money too good use for the American people.
 

Tom Tree (247)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:45 am
Interesting article,
Thank You for sharing.......
 

Nils Anders Lunde (481)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:05 am
TY
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:26 am
Thank you, Cal, for keeping us informed. (Noted, posted, and tweeted)
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:07 pm
It's always terribly sad to read an article like this. So much could've been avoided. The troops were sent in massive amounts, with many having multiple tours that took a heavy toll. The tens of thousands of returning injured troops have been on waiting lists for medical treatment. Many lost their homes because of the bank schemes, and came back to families living with relatives and in financial straits. War contractors like Blackwater & KBR were eventually fined for illegally exporting weapons, negligently exposing soldiers to toxic chemicals and other charges. It continues to just make me sick.
 

Alllan Yorkowitz (462)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:14 pm
Eighteen percent of the soldiers that have have returned from Iraq have returned with :distress". How many committed suicide- at one point on a daily basis? Obama does not consider these as casualties of war. They don't even get a military funeral.
As for coming home..to what? Reduced benefits, unless you have been maimed,there is no college subsidy anymore. The VA sold out their soldiers during the Clinton years, and the Bushes and Obama have done nothing to alter this.
The needless pictures of Obama enjoying his first term aggravated me even more - 4 years of nothing.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:31 pm
That's too bad.
 

Winn Adams (178)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:27 pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to the soldiers that were harmed by going to war.
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:22 pm
Thanks Cal--again
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:05 pm
"Brett Litz, a clinical psychologist for the Boston VA Healthcare System and a professor at Boston University, said those who return from war can be haunted for the rest of their lives by their experiences, by "the dark things they think about the world.""

Because I am Canadian, I did not experience the Vietnam War the same way. But I can tell you that neither my father, nor my step-father would talk about their WWII experiences because they saw what no one should see. They smelled smells, heard cries, saw mangled bodies, and felt the pain of separation from all they knew and loved.

When they say "War is hell." I think it is almost an understatement.

And now, we hear stories of Canadian troops returning from Afghanistan, being unfit for continuing duty, and discharged without sufficient support. When do we finally say ╠ ain`t going to study war no more╔
 

Winn Adams (178)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:10 pm
Noted sadly.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:37 pm
Noted
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 10:05 pm
It must stop
 

Zee Kallah (39)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:24 am
Back when I was a teenager the cry was "make peace not war".

Bush didn't hear us.

Neither does Obama.....
 
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