Thursday, April 17, 2008

300,000

is the number of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from post traumatic stress:

About 300,000 U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, but about half receive no care, an independent study said on Thursday.

The study by the RAND Corp. also estimated that another 320,000 troops have sustained a possible traumatic brain injury during deployment. But researchers could not say how many of those cases were serious or required treatment...

"There is a major health crisis facing those men and women who have served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Terri Tanielian, a RAND researcher who helped head the study.

"Unless they receive appropriate and effective care for these mental health conditions, there will be long-term consequences for them and for the nation."
Once again, the troops alone bear the brunt of the human toll of wars they are fighting in our name.

And what exactly are our troop-loving, flag pin-wearing politicians who sent these soldiers to war doing for them and their long-suffering families? Why, sending them back to the killing zone over and over, of course, in never ending wars of their own making.

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