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Posted, with sadness, anger and frustration: A just released study from RAND reports more about the costs of our continuing wars. The mounting cost of war include this: Study: 300,000 US troops from Iraq, Afghanistan have mental problems, 320,000 brain injuries:
“…Some 300,000 U.S. troops are suffering from major depression or post traumatic stress from serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 320,000 received brain injuries, a new study estimates….Only about half have sought treatment, said the study released Thursday by the RAND Corporation.”
“There is a major health crisis facing those men and women who have served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Terri Tanielian, the project’s co-leader and a researcher at the nonprofit RAND.”
The 500-page study is the first large-scale, private assessment of its kind… the Defense Department has not released the number of people it has diagnosed or who are being treated for mental problems. The Department of Veterans Affairs…records show about 120,000 who served in the two wars and are no longer in the military have been diagnosed with mental health problems. Of the 120,000, approximately 60,000 are suffering from PTSD, the VA said…”
How long can this continue until our “leaders” completely break the military and their families? When there are very real issues like this that the Presidential Candidates should be addressing, why do the “moderators” of a televised “debate” focus almost entirely on questions about lapel pins and the comments of one’s former pastor? Why does our President keep repeating “stay the course” when it’s becoming obvious that we can’t?
And, most importantly-why do Americans keep putting up with it all? That’s actually a rhetorical question. I don’t expect any answers as I know that most people here are as fed-up as I am. Basically, I’m posting this because I read it, and I just can’t bear the overwhelming sadness I’m feeling alone.