Homeless Iraq vets showing up at shelters
Data from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows that as of last July, nearly 28,000 veterans from Iraq sought health care from the VA. One out of every five was diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to the VA. An Army study in the New England Journal of Medicine in July showed that 17 percent of service members returning from Iraq met screening criteria for major depression, generalized anxiety disorder or PTSD.
I first started hearing about this a couple days ago and have been meaning to look into it. I don't know if it was that I was too busy or that I just can bring myself to look, but I found this link on the 3WA message board tonight, and this article is the first one I've actually read on this subject.
Unfortunately, I am not surprised by this. I am surprised that it does catch me so off guard.
Maybe I bought more of the Bush Campaign rhetoric than I realized. Or I was just hoping against all hope that they wouldn't fuck these kids over.