US wars mentally scars troops for life

Press TV
Sun, 17 May 2009

The psychological impacts of US wars on Iraq and Afghanistan has reportedly left American military forces mentally scarred for life.

The Washington Post published a fact-based report on Sunday, estimating that more than 20 percent of the US combat forces deployed to in Iraq and Afghanistan war zones return home psychologically damaged.

According to the report, the soldiers mostly suffer from major depression and long periods of combat-related stress, and show severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The report said that US commanders became especially alarmed after military suicide rates reached an all-time high this year with 64 men killing themselves only in the first months of 2009 — a number that could soon surpass those killed in action. …