Saturday, 10 May 2008

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Report Psychological Problems

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U.S. Soldier A Rand Corporation report indicates that 18.5 percent of current and former U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans recently surveyed reported symptoms of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The survey polled 1,965 members of the armed forces, both those still currently on duty as well as veterans of tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“There is a major health crisis facing those men and women who have served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan,” AP quoted Terri Tanielian, a researcher at Rand and the project’s co-leader. “Unless they receive appropriate and effective care for these mental health conditions, there will be long-term consequences for them and for the nation.”

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