The Cost of This War to Our Troops

  1. Raph Nader on some of what this war is doing to the American Soldiers:

    http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1104-28.htm

    And, let's add this:

    http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15...=reservists.nl
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   VeryPlainJane
    What a great way to support the troops! Support the Troops is just a slogan...it takes action!
  4. by   Tweety
    War is hell and it's not suppose to be a party, however, those are interesting articles. Thanks.
  5. by   Grace Oz
    Thank you for posting this. None of it surprises me.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    One dead, four lives ruined: the true cost of war in Iraq

    THEY went to school together. They joined the army together. And then they carried their dead friend to his grave together. Now, their careers are in shreds.
    http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?i...6&format=print
  7. by   augigi
    Well yes, people die in war. Speaking as someone with a loved one in the military deployed to the middle east at the moment.. I'd rather not read about it.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    I think the best gift our current Congress and President can give our soldiers is a true GI Bill of Rights like our WWII Veterans got.
    College or trade school tuition, a stipend and healthcare for up to four years after discharge. And ensure those disabled by this and previous wars get 100% disability if the need it.
    I will gladly pay more taxes for that!
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Arlington West

    As Iraq war drags on, so does a temporary memorial

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...home-headlines
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    Long, Repeated Tours In Iraq, Afghanistan Taking Mental Toll On Soldiers...Jesus Bocanegra, a 24-year-old former Army sergeant, says he is haunted by countless shots he fired at Iraqis while serving as an infantry scout in Tikrit in 2003-04. The McAllen, Texas-native says he lost track of how many innocent civilians he killed.

    "How the hell was I capable of that?" he says now.

    Back home and plagued with anxiety attacks, he said he tried to close himself off from the world by drinking to the point of passing out. He progressed to marijuana use and then cocaine.

    "The only way to sustain yourself day-to-day is to keep yourself drugged up," he said. But "it made it worse."

    Eventually, he stopped taking drugs. But he said it took nearly two years for him to get an appointment at the closest veterans hospital, a four-hour drive away, because it was overbooked. He was diagnosed with PTSD and given pills, but with no VA therapists in the area he sought help from a group called Vets for Vets....

    ...Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, found that nearly four in five service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who may have been at risk for PTSD were not referred for further mental health evaluation. The Pentagon was unable to explain to the GAO why some were not referred for care.

    Medical experts say mental health and substance abuse problems are intertwined...

    Long, Repeated Tours In Iraq, Afghanistan Taking Mental Toll On Soldiers - Health Site
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Devoted sister loses 2 brothers to war
    ...Army sergeant lost track of how many innocent civilians he killed "At first, you're scared to do it, to kill somebody and then you just do it. And then you start noticing you enjoy it.
    And you try to find as many as you can and kill as many as you can. Then you come home and see your kids and you think --
    how could I do that?"...

    Devoted sister loses 2 brothers to war - Yahoo! News

    Just so very very sad.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    There are costs those who have not fought can't possibly conceive of. War is hell.
  13. by   indigo girl

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