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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Today's Combat PTSD More Acute Than Vietnam

From AP [via the Burlington Free Press]:

U.S. service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than soldiers did when they returned from Vietnam, a mental health expert at the veterans hospital said Tuesday.

The problem is more acute for returning National Guard soldiers, most of whom never expected to be sent into sustained combat, and who lack the support available to active duty personnel, said Dr. Andrew Pomerantz, chief of mental health at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction.

"In most wars there are safe places somewhere. In Iraq there are no safe places," Pomerantz said.

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