The Loneliness of the Returning Reservist
The New York Times writes about reservists coming home from Iraq and the difficulty they have adjusting. Sad article.
Military studies already indicate that nearly one-fifth of returning soldiers struggle with depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. Many veterans suspect the numbers are much higher. Military officials said they were especially concerned about National Guard soldiers and reservists who, according to a recent Army Medical Department study, have higher rates of post-deployment stress.
"I tell my friends in civilian practice that over the next 10 years, you need to be aware what's coming through your door," said Capt. Robert Sidell, an Army psychologist at the United States Military Academy at West Point. "You're going to be seeing a lot of these guys."
The casualties of war. More than 2,2000 dead and how many wounded and psychologically scarred? We'll probably never know.
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