Troops in Afghanistan face mental health issues, studies say

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    Troops in Afghanistan face mental health issues, studies say

    Troops in Afghanistan face mental health issues, studies say - latimes.com
     
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    Duhhh.
     
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    Not much new about combat vets and PTSD.
    The symptoms of PTSD can even be traced back to ancient times.
    PTSD and the many issues related to it were not identified until after the Vietnam War.

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first defined as a distinct diagnosis in the 3rd edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III), published in 1980

    A Short History of PTSD can be found at the link below.
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    Well actually Stinger right now our Military are being asked to go on multiple combat deployments, which is something we haven't really seen in the past, I know in Vietnam you were only asked to go once, maybe twice if you volunteered, now we are dealing with men and women who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 4, 5 , 6 times. From what I am hearing we are in unchartered territory in dealing with the mental scars of our men and women coming back, and keep in mind Afghanistan isn't even done yet, we haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg.
     
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    Your statement regarding multiple deployments to Vietnam is not correct. Some career military could expect 2 or more deployments to Vietnam. There was no endless supply of SR. NCOs and Field Grade Officers to staff Army Divisions deployed to Vietnam, Germany, South Korea and stateside. The Marine Corps had to maintain deployable units of the 2nd Marine Division stationed at Camp Le Jeune, NC as well as the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions ( the 3rd was reinforced by the 26th Marine Regiment ) deployed in Vietnam. My Plt. Sgt. in Vietnam was deployed a second time a year after he was promoted to Gunnery Sgt. As the career military moved up in rank , their probabilities of being deployed again to Vietnam increased.

    When you say I know , you need to be sure that you are correct. Those of us who served in Vietnam are witnesses to history.
     
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    Basically we are blunting the sharp edge of our military by deploying our troops over and over again.

    The incident of PTSD is bound to climb.

    This is one of the shortcomings of trying to do too much with a smaller all volunteer force.

    Not that many people got two 13 month deployments in Viet Nam.


    Mostly those who did, as was pointed out, either volunteered for a second deployment in couyntry, or got a promotion or reassignment that put them back in rotation to Viet Nam.

    But a LOT of those who served multiple deployments in country, were NOT serving in combat roles, either.

    I actually do think that todays combat troops are being rode hard and then rode hard again and again, and THEN put away wet.
     
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    Many had mental health issues anyway.
    Why did they volunteer to go to Afghanistan to fight in the first place?

    and yes I realize that some were in the military before we invaded Afghanistan, but many were not.
     
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    You mean Vietnam . Do you have a source to back up your statements regarding Vietnam?

    Anyone who served in combat and states they were not effected by it are in denial.

    Multiple tours of duty in combat, does not increase the number of our military that will suffer from PTSD. However, it is more probable than not that their intensity of PTSD will be higher.
     
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    I'm sorry I didn't know.
     

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