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News :: Politics
Iraq Soldiers forced to fight despite PTSD
17 May 2006
Hartford Courant investigation reveals that U.S. troops who develope post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological ailments in Iraq are being sent back to the war zone instead of removed from duty.
Despite a congressional order that the military assess the mental health of all deploying troops, fewer than 1 in 300 service members see a mental health professional before shipping out.

Once at war, some unstable troops are kept on the front lines while on potent antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, with little or no counseling or medical monitoring.

And some troops who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq are being sent back to the war zone, increasing the risk to their mental health.

These practices, which have received little public scrutiny and in some cases violate the military's own policies, have helped to fuel an increase in the suicide rate among troops serving in Iraq, which reached an all-time high in 2005 when 22 soldiers killed themselves - accounting for nearly one in five of all Army non-combat deaths.

The Courant's investigation found that at least 11 service members who committed suicide in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 were kept on duty despite exhibiting signs of significant psychological distress. In at least seven of the cases, superiors were aware of the problems, military investigative records and interviews with families indicate.

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See also:
http://www.courant.com/hc-mental1a.artmay14,0,275720.story

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Re: Iraq Soldiers forced to fight despite PTSD
17 May 2006
This an an article full of lies to misguide those that are not informed on how the military works. Being agaisnt the war, I am also against those that lie about the military, as this article does so. The part about members of the military being on anti-anyting medication while on deployment is quite funny. You cannot join the military if you are on these meds but they will issue you a weapon and deploy you? Think that through. Does it sound like truth? Not really!
Re: Iraq Soldiers forced to fight despite PTSD
17 May 2006
I just watched a HBO documentary clip on Democracy Now. This clip will air soon. It's about our soldiers getting killed and wounded. Called ER Bahgdad. The footage is real. Very graphic. (When you see a arm being thrown away...) The link is: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/17/1510218
WARNING: May wake you up!
Re: Iraq Soldiers forced to fight despite PTSD
18 May 2006
"The part about members of the military being on anti-anyting medication while on deployment is quite funny. You cannot join the military if you are on these meds but they will issue you a weapon and deploy you? "

Very funny. The meds are taken to treat PTSD. Soldiers are already deployed, and begin to take the meds after being traumatised in the battlefield.

Naturally, the best option is to send them to slaughter or let them commit suicide. Far less expensive than taking them back home to rest and pay them. And they could talk about the real situation.
Re: Iraq Soldiers forced to fight despite PTSD
18 May 2006
You have little knowledge of what you speak of. The great men and women that staff the trauma ER's and do the triage need to be commended. They do so much and rarely get the recognition they deserve.
Re: Iraq Soldiers forced to fight despite PTSD
18 May 2006
Just wait til our boys find out who was really behind 9-11. How will they ever work off their PTSD then?