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Monday, August 07, 2006

BRITISH IRAQ VETERANS SUFFER MENTAL ILLNESS

Defense Ministry warned families of returning veterans to be aware of possible aftereffects.

VA Watchdog dot Org
August 7, 2006

British Iraq vets suffer mental illness

LONDON, (UPI)---More than 1,500 British soldiers who served in Iraq now suffer from psychiatric illnesses, Britain's Defense Ministry says.

More than 800 soldiers have been admitted to clinics since the war began, Britain's Independent newspaper reports.

The Defense Ministry also warned families of returning veterans to be aware of "possible aftereffects" from the battlefield.

Many soldiers returning from Iraq have suffered trauma after seeing friends killed in action and civilians hit by suicide bombs.

Others have become withdrawn, erratic or depressed, the ministry says.

These symptoms are sometimes associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, which results from exposure to, or confrontation with, stressful experiences that a person experiences as highly traumatic.

They can also include nightmares, flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, memory loss and loss of appetite.

A seperate study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, showed U.S. veterans returning from the Iraq war were more likely than other U.S. soldiers to suffer memory and attention lapses.

Larry Scott


***This makes you wonder about what we don't know about Iraq yet! Is this a result from our troops' point of view that this war is hopeless and they'd rather be home? I'm sure that they would all rather be home, but if they feel like they are fighting a losing battle, then what the hell is the sense of them being there?

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