Monday, June 25, 2007

Supportin' Them Troops: Extended Deployments and Crappy Treatment

(Both of these stories were collected by TruthOut.Org, which deserves your support, even a small donation.)

Repeat Deployments Lead to Long-Term Mental Disorders

With troops facing extended combat tours without relief that are unprecedented in US history, experts say even the expanded health care proposed by the Army will not prevent significant numbers of soldiers from suffering life-changing mental disorders.

Gov't Struggles to Care for Wounded GIs

America's war wounded number between 35,000 and 53,000. More of them are coming home, with injuries of a scope and magnitude the government did not predict and is now struggling to treat.

Ya think there's any dots to connect here?


N=1 said...

I also blogged these two reports, and connected some more dots. Right now the Army has an attrition rate of 20% of enlisted personnel due just to the mental health and brain injury effects of repeated lengthy deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is unsustainable relative to recruitment and battle readiness. It's just a matter of a very short time before the Army is in an unrecoverable mode.

WGG, Rogue Scholar & Tokin Lib'rul said...

this is part and parcel with the Busheviks agenda to leave in place no instrument of popular sovereignty which can oppose the continuing CorpoRat coup d'etat...

mogwai said...

watched the 'roberts ridge' special about the rangers and their helicopters in afghanistan - the one hero is now totally fucked up, a shell of a man...and much of the reason is because his copter was sent into a killing zone where 2 other copters caught a lot of fire, but there was no communication...and 8 men died, many before the copter landed