The Effect of War on Mental Health

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The Department of Veteran Affairs has released some distressing findings about the mental health problems faced by returning soldiers in Iraq. Here’s an excerpt from the Washington Post:

“More than one in three soldiers and Marines who have served in Iraq later sought help for mental health problems, according to a comprehensive snapshot by Army experts of the psyches of men and women returning from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places. “

Of course, it’s a good thing that soldiers are seeking out mental health treatment, but the numbers are truly unsettling. While politicians continue to argue about the fiscal cost of war, the military’s own research division has proven that this war has taken a psychological toll that nobody could have anticipated.

Click here to read “Veterans Report Mental Distress.

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