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Thursday, February 16, 2006

British Troop PTSD Stats Revealed

From Reuters:

At least 1,333 British servicemen and women have developed mental health problems after serving in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday, as veterans' groups warned the number could be higher. ...

Of the 1,333 cases, 182 had the symptoms of "post-traumatic stress disorder," 601 of adjustment disorder and 237 of mood disorder. The MoD did not give any details on the remaining soldiers. ...

Shaun Rusling, a veteran of the first Gulf war and vice chairman of the National Gulf Veterans and Family Association, was not surprised by the numbers. "I would imagine they are actually higher, due to soldiers not coming forward due to the fact it would possibly affect their promotion or the ability to stay within the armed forces," he told Reuters. "As a Gulf War One veteran, I had hoped that for any future conflict there would be a better set-up but very sadly ... the same thing is happening now that happened 14 years ago," he said.

Some 6,000 troops reported suffering from an array of illnesses after serving in the first Gulf war. Veterans and their supporters suspected vaccines given to troops or other environmental factors made thousands sick. The government said no direct link was ever established.

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