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A Legacy of Pain and Pride
Washington Post, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 3/30/2014 9:34:40 AM

More than half of the 2.6 million Americans dispatched to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems stemming from their service, feel disconnected from civilian life and believe the government is failing to meet the needs of this generation’s veterans, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The long conflicts, which have required many troops to deploy multiple times and operate under an almost constant threat of attack, have exacted a far more widespread emotional toll than previously recognized by most government studies and independent assessments:

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Scroll down to ´Reconsidering the Wars´ for the final two paragraphs of the section. Everything else in the article flows from this.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MDConservative, 3/30/2014 11:45:28 AM     (No. 9790624)

It begs the question whether our military should be restricted to "rough men" and our wars short, violent and victorious, with the vanquished left to pick up their pieces and ponder the wisdom another try.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Elvira, 3/30/2014 1:15:51 PM     (No. 9790725)

The "Rules of Engagement" foisted on these brave men and women caused a lot of this unnecessarily. I´ll NEVER FORGET OR FORGIVE pentagon brass for allowing this utter BS!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: agrunt, 3/30/2014 2:02:38 PM     (No. 9790769)

I did not read the article, but I worry that this trend that “war or defending our country is too hard on our mind” is very worrisome to me. I see a trend building that we are just not strong enough or it is too hard to defend our way of life. I do not believe it, but then again I come from the right and a family that has a history of putting on the uniform in defense of our country. I do not believe that Americans are too weak to defend our way of life, but I see that our way of life is being weakened by educating our people from within. Our schools are a mess, teaching history that has little to do with what happened, but how it fits their political requirements for a kinder human existence. Well, enough, I just do not believe that we are too weak.

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