Friday, May 4, 2007

New study done of troops on the front line

The first republican debate was held yesterday but every website is covering that topic, so let's look at some other interesting news just out.

Troops facing longer and more frequent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and pentagon report says they are paying a huge price psychologically.

Gen. Gale Pollock says though this is the 4th study done on troop's condition, a research like this has never been done, asking soldiers on the front line these questions.

Study also done: soldiers who have been in repeated heavy combat, up to 1/3 suffer anxiety, depression and acute stress.

1-less than half said they'd report unethical behavior by a team member

2-over 1/3 said torture should be allowed to save the life of a fellow soldier

3-less than half said civilians/non combatants should be treated with dignity and respect.

4-10% admitted mistreating civilians randomly, when it was not necessary or connected to any combat duty.

5-frequent deployment increases mental health risks

6-1/3 of troops, vets currently suffering Traumatic Brain Injury, and Post Traumatic Stress

Also AP news of VA "higher ups" (officials) got bonuses totallying more than $4 million last year while wounded veterans have faced endless delays in getting their basic benefits.

Keep in mind that these percentages, are only the troops who admitted to such acts.

..and 7 more soldiers dead in last 2 days.
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