Fighting the “After War”: The Boston Globe

Wounded warriors fighting the after war

Fighting the ‘after-war’

The nearly two million American military men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan put themselves in harm’s way daily in order to serve their country. Nearly 7,000 have died in those wars. Another 52,000 have been wounded in action. But for many, another battle begins when they get home — what the journalist David Finkel has called “the after-war. These are veterans and active servicemembers struggling with various forms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Writing in his 2013 book “Thank You for Your Service,” Finkel reported that between 20 and 30 percent of the Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with post-traumatic stress, suffering from “[d]epression, anxiety, nightmares, memory problems, personality changes, suicidal thoughts.” Finkel also reported on the inadequacy of the Pentagon and Veterans Administration in dealing with these problems, especially given the length of the wars and the multiple deployments of many in the nation’s all-volunteer force. In the wake of Senate hearings in 2014, Congress passed a bill, sponsored by John McCain, that called for a review of the VA’s mental health system and suicide prevention programs. But now a more insidious form of neglect has been uncovered in the military. An investigative report by NPR and Colorado Public Radio found that not only are soldiers being inadequately treated for PTSD, TBI, and other postwar-related behavioral difficulties, but that they are being actively rooted out and dismissed from service under questionable “misconduct” charges. Read More

1 Comment

  1. Chris says:

    It’s spooky how clever some ppl are. Thknas!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *