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Sunday, May 21, 2006

HBO's Baghdad Er: Army Issues Warning to Combat Troops w/PTSD

A documentary airing tonight on HBO, Baghdad ER , has received a warning from the Army's chief surgeon, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, via a memo sent out to Army post medical staff across the country. The worry is that the graphic content may trigger flashbacks and nightmares for those troops coping with PTSD. From CNN:

In a memo dated May 9 and obtained by CNN, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley said the film "shows the ravages and anguish of war. Those who view this documentary may experience many emotions," he said in the memo. "If they have been stationed in Iraq, they may re-experience some symptoms of post-traumatic stress, such as flashbacks or nightmares." ... "This film will have a strong impact on viewers and may cause anxiety for some soldiers and family members."

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