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I read this article in Newsweek on Tuesday. I really find it interesting how bad the situation is with soldiers who are coming back severely injured or mentally traumatized and not getting the care they really need.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">How well do we care for our wounded and impaired when they come home? For a country amid what President Bush calls a "long war," the question has profound moral implications. We send young Americans to the world's most unruly places to execute our national policies. About 50,000 service members so far have been banged up or burned, suffered disease, lost limbs or sacrificed something less tangible inside them. Schulze is an extreme example but not an isolated one, and such stories are raising concerns that the country is failing to meet its most basic obligations to those who fight our wars.</div>
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I thought this statistic was particularly interesting.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Though we tend to mark the grim timeline of the war by counting fatalities, what really distinguishes this conflict is how many soldiers don't die, but suffer appalling injuries. In Vietnam and Korea, about three Americans were wounded for every one who died. The ratio in WWII was nearly 2-1. In Iraq, 16 soldiers are wounded or get sick for every one who dies.</div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17316437/site/newsweek/" target="_blank">Full Article</a>
 

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I'm not sure that 16 "wounded or get sick" is comparable to WWII 2-1 wounded. "Get sick" is pretty vague. I mean, does that count people who are dehydrated or get a sinus infection?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>IamJen</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm not sure that 16 "wounded or get sick" is comparable to WWII 2-1 wounded. "Get sick" is pretty vague. I mean, does that count people who are dehydrated or get a sinus infection?</div>
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yes that "get sick" qualifier casts a pretty wide net, but further there is a increased willingness to come forward regarding mental illness. what was gulf war syndrome? perhaps people frame non-war related mental illness increasingly as war related mental illness along with related problems like alcoholism and drug abuse.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Gen. George Patton's Sicily Campaign from Wikipedia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
While visiting hospitals and commending wounded soldiers, he slapped and verbally abused two privates who he thought were exhibiting cowardly behavior. The soldiers were suffering from "shell-shock," now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and had no visible wounds.<br><br><br><br>
Newsmen decided to keep the incident quiet but the doctors used their own chain of command to inform Eisenhower.</div>
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I think the treatment depends on where they end up after the war... At the VA I intern at, any OIF/OEF vets are treated EXTREMELY well and everyone bends over backwards for them. That being said, we don't see a whole heck of a lot of OIF/OEF vets. We mostly get vietnam/post vietnam era vets.<br><br><br><br>
I think the Army hospitals are failing more than the VA hospitals.
 

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All these tens of thousands of wounded soldiers is just another thing that Bush didn't bother planning for when he started his war of choice. Bush sent them over without body armour - the soldiers were forced to scrounge in dumps looking for scrap metal to protect their vehicles - and now Bush is not honoring the wounded soldiers. Now Bush is sending in MORE soldiers without armour! They won't be getting their protection until this summer.<br><br>
Send Bush a letter telling HIM to Support our Troops! He's not doing it. He acts like the soldiers are just so much cannon fodder for his prolonged war.
 
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