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The Invisible Wounds of War
Posted on Oct 5, 2012
On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, “Democracy Now!” spoke with veterans and an investigative reporter about the conflict’s legacy of mental health crises, soldier suicides and violence upon returning home.
At least 2,000 U.S. soldiers have become victims of the war since the invasion Oct. 7, 2001. In the decade since, some 2.4 million members of the armed forces have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 100,000 have been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, and soldier suicides reached a record high this year.
An investigation into arrests on suspicion of murder among soldiers from Fort Carson, Colo., connected the violence to a group of roughly 500 men with brain injuries. Investigative reporter David Philipps discovered that those soldiers had been involved with the worst places in Iraq and were suffering the lasting effects of the deep psychological traumas associated with their experience.
Georg-Andreas Pogany, a retired Army sergeant and an independent veterans’ advocate and investigator, introduces the predicament with unusual sensitivity to the multiple, sometimes contradictory, sometimes aligned, interests in war and peace:
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