PTSD: Vets Wage Internal Wars

Combat trauma continues to plague returning soldiers
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jan 13, 2008 10:04 PM CST
Mike Bowman, right, receives a kiss from his wife Kim Bowman of Forreston, Ill., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, as he prepared to deliver his opening statement prior to testifying...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Records of post-traumatic stress disorder go as far back as The Odyssey, and Iraq veterans are adding to the list. Combat trauma has been repeatedly linked with rates of unemployment, substance abuse, domestic violence and criminality above the national average. Yet  PTSD victims aren't getting the treatment they need, and often end up behind bars, the New York Times reports.

Today, 38% of soldiers and 31% of Marines report mental problems, according to Pentagon figures. PTSD is treatable, but the military's mental health services remain largely inadequate, and most soliders see the screening process as a joke. Plus, "Nobody wants to be that guy who says, 'I got counseling this afternoon, Sergeant,'" reported one vet.