Troop Depression on Rise in Afghanistan

Full story: Chicago Tribune

U.S. troop morale improved in Iraq last year, but soldiers fighting in Afghanistan suffered more depression as violence there worsened, an Army mental health report says.
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Luke

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Mar 6, 2008
 
Wonder what the mental health status of our troops was at Valley Forge, Antietam, in the trenches of the western front or on Omaha beach? It was bad, real bad. War is hell. Get over it and get on with it.

Let's give rifles to all of these mental health professionals, lawyers and the rest of the parasites our military has become infected with and put them in the line. There they can get some first hand experience, maybe do some good and stop producing useless, counter productive and very expensive reports and confusion.

Before anyone does an expensive, resource wasting study let me confirm that the sun does in fact rise in the East.
Jeff Jay

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Mar 6, 2008
 
What a load of crap.

I expect to hear the con man Obama quoting this study any minute as the basis for pulling troops out and preventing any more hurt feelings.

These are indeed tough times in the world and we need a leader tough enough to see it through.
adam

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Mar 6, 2008
 
Luke wrote:
Wonder what the mental health status of our troops was at Valley Forge, Antietam, in the trenches of the western front or on Omaha beach? It was bad, real bad. War is hell. Get over it and get on with it.
Let's give rifles to all of these mental health professionals, lawyers and the rest of the parasites our military has become infected with and put them in the line. There they can get some first hand experience, maybe do some good and stop producing useless, counter productive and very expensive reports and confusion.
Before anyone does an expensive, resource wasting study let me confirm that the sun does in fact rise in the East.
I totally agree with you. War is hell, and in every war the world has ever seen, there has been major depression. Both of my grandfathers were in the second world war, and they both show the effects to this day. I may be a younger guy, but i can still understand this. I feel awful for these soldiers, but this is nothing new. However, I do feel that the media makes things a LOT worse. Especially the Tribune. Some of these stories really help the ignorant public despise the troops.
dubbydoodoo

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Mar 6, 2008
 
Once again the media pulls off another farce. They know quite well that the US and so-called coalition troops are there for the purpose of helping Afghani farmers get their crops to market. And what might that be? Hashish and heroin? That would be enough to make anyone depressed; that is that the leaders of the free nations of the world are nothing but drug dealers.
luke

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Mar 6, 2008
 
dubbydoodoo wrote:
Once again the media pulls off another farce. They know quite well that the US and so-called coalition troops are there for the purpose of helping Afghani farmers get their crops to market. And what might that be? Hashish and heroin? That would be enough to make anyone depressed; that is that the leaders of the free nations of the world are nothing but drug dealers.
"dubbydoodoo" The name fits.
keepinitreal

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Mar 6, 2008
 
Grace, just received email from son. It seems he can't wait to get home from Afghanistan. Too much blowing up of people and things and he won't miss SEEING the aftermath, he says. I'm sure that would depress anyone with any moral character, but he continues to do his job while he is there. How will this effect him in the long run when he gets home, we don't know yet, we can only hope for the best for him and his family. Love and support is what our troops need when they are going through such trying times. How about a group hug?! I sure hope it isn't like the last time he came home and he isn't trying to shoot the neighbors because he hears someone sneaking around his house?! You know what I mean? They come home from a foreign land and are told to take it easy for 30 days and then to get on with their life as usual. What is usual in the aftermath - lost of reality check, you are home now - Relax until you are called to serve again. Depression - you Think?! Image that someone would be depressed over seeing the horrors of war, their buddies they had to leave behind and the expectation that they should just come right home to their land and carry on as thought it never happened. Alcoholics, drug addicts and reality dropper outers, don't you think that a little debriefing should occur and a little appreciation should occur for what these troops have been through, for you, for us? A study isn't needed, just common sense.
Yada

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Mar 6, 2008
 
I'm mystified as to why our troops may feel disgruntled and somewhat disenfranchised. After all, the invasion of Afghanistan was handed over to the pantywaist Europeans, no sign of Bin Laden and Taliban still active and influential. I mean the stupid Iraq invasion has taken away most of the attention from them. Moreover, they just cannot prevail against the foes in either wars.
Maryanne

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Mar 6, 2008
 
9 billion per month being wasted, many great men and women being put in “Harms Way” and the former FBI director of counterterrorism says that at least two dozen terrorist cells have crossed the Mexican Border that they know of into the US. Great way to fight terror unless you’re the military industrial complex that is making tons of money from the war.

And McCain says the war may last 100 years...what a goofball and I am a Republican.
Ted

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Mar 6, 2008
 
The war on terror is bein g run by fear spreaders for $$$$ to huge corporations. It will come out one day in the future.
Bush Approval 19pct

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Mar 6, 2008
 
Who wouldn't be depressed when they learn their cause ain't so noble. We are there for oil and now our troops, the ones lucky enough to still be alive with all their limbs and brains intact, are starting to realize that. It's not their fault. It's the fault of an administration with no combat experience. The tropps depression is no doubt compounded by the thoughts of a broken support system back here in the states.

Yeah, war is hell, get over it. Way to support the troops.
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Mar 6, 2008
 
Jeff Jay wrote:
What a load of crap.
I expect to hear the con man Obama quoting this study any minute as the basis for pulling troops out and preventing any more hurt feelings.
These are indeed tough times in the world and we need a leader tough enough to see it through.
If you support this war and the dumba$$ in charge of it, then it is your duty to turn off the computer and get your butt over there. The troops need your help and here you sit bloviating and regurgitating the neocon party line. In other words: You to the troops, "suck it up, buddy, my suv is due for a fill up". Why is it that every loud mouth Bush supporter thinks they KNOW all about war when in reality you've probably seen as much frontline action as that retarded chimp?(none)
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Mar 6, 2008
 
I GUESS SO.SAME IN IRAQ,A USELESS WASTE OF INNOCENT LIFE FROM DAY ONE
britt

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Mar 6, 2008
 
thanks this helped with my hw:] 4 current events
caca pura

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Mar 6, 2008
 
I bet most of the opinions here are from people who never served, never saw themselves in a firefight! Having to storm into a house by yourself under fire to assist a brother in arms! I served 3 deployments in Iraq and I know what many soldiers go through, and let me tell you regarding this war in Iraq the US media has not been allowed to show how horrific this war has been! The same with Vietnam. This opinion that the "media" "distorts" things, is a load of crap! It's reality! Women and children used as bombers! Dead animals on the road with explosives inside waiting for your vehicle to pass through. Not having enough troops to control the area, hence suffering unnecessary casualties! People you know dying in front of you! Before you criticize, pick up that weapon and face the enemy!
keepinitreal

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Mar 7, 2008
 
Smedley wrote:
<quoted text> When I came back from Vietnam, there was no 30 day decompression period. Just here's your discharge, "Sin Loi" Mo Fo.
I realize that. we need to learn from our mistakes and the toll it took on our vietnam vets was horrible and the attitude of the american people was wrong, especially towards our troops. I have the deepest respect for the vietnam vets and the horrors that they went through. Coming from a military family background, I have heard many things, I can only image and then I don't think that I could image anything as horrible as it must have been for so many. That is what I say about this study - what the heck do we need a study for something that is so darn obvious. Our troops go from boredom to a fire fight within any given time within a very short time. They clean up the aftermath of sucide bombers and you think they may be depressed. I can't image having to go through cleaning up managled body parts and
then sitting around for days on end waiting for the next one. Depression on the rise, I guess so. It seems that many folks only think of our guys as soldiers, not human beings with any moral characters or good hearts. Look pass the uniform and you will see more there and next time you see a "soldier" tell him/her thank you! I went to the the wall in Washington DC and was in awe of the beauty of it, but saddened at the thought of so many names etched in that wall and I felt a little guilt being there looking at names of people I did not know personaly and thnking that all of these names on this wall have family somewhere who miss them very much! I'm sorry, I did not mean to get on a soap box here, but felt compelled to share how grateful I am for all of our troops who have fought for our country, because we asked them to, in some cases, told them to and then without a second thought,expect these individuals to just come back home and just fit right back in to the "normal" daily existence. I don't think a study is needed to figure out our troops are depressed!!!!!
HumanSpirit

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Mar 7, 2008
 
Mental health and counseling industry making money especially during lean times in the economy is what it is about. Bet psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry are going to victimize the GI on this issue with some bogus statistics like the children in public schools and ADD/ADHD or bi-polar disorder and then treat with psychotropic drugs for the long term disability payments from the government.

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May 8, 2008
 
Luke wrote:
Wonder what the mental health status of our troops was at Valley Forge, Antietam, in the trenches of the western front or on Omaha beach? It was bad, real bad. War is hell. Get over it and get on with it."

Than why don't you get in uniform and pick up a rifle along with going over there? Let's see how well you get over it and on with it!

"Let's give rifles to all of these mental health professionals, lawyers and the rest of the parasites our military has become infected with and put them in the line.
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Been there and done that! 23 yaers in the Army along with serving in Vietnam and Desert Storm. Now treating veterans with mental health issues.

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HumanSpirit

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Dec 29, 2013
 
The pushing of anti-depressant and other psychotropic drugs have political and economic reasons.
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Jan 3, 2014
 
caca pura wrote:
I bet most of the opinions here are from people who never served, never saw themselves in a firefight! Having to storm into a house by yourself under fire to assist a brother in arms! I served 3 deployments in Iraq and I know what many soldiers go through, and let me tell you regarding this war in Iraq the US media has not been allowed to show how horrific this war has been! The same with Vietnam. This opinion that the "media" "distorts" things, is a load of crap! It's reality! Women and children used as bombers! Dead animals on the road with explosives inside waiting for your vehicle to pass through. Not having enough troops to control the area, hence suffering unnecessary casualties! People you know dying in front of you! Before you criticize, pick up that weapon and face the enemy!
Yes, we who have never served give our opinions. I watch CCR vids on the Nam war and I cry. I feel as if I have been confronted with the war. But of course I have not been where you have been and I have not seen what you have seen. You know,you have seen, you have fully confronted war horror, and then you have to come back into "normal" mode. I wonder how in the hell politicians can expose and expect soldiers to be subjected to THEIR conflicts and then be so discarded, neglected and ignore after being employed as you are / were. Oh and I am with you on "Before you criticize, pick up that weapon and face the enemy!" Perhaps the Politicians or their's should be made to do exactly that! May 2014 bring you comfort.

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