In July, Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army Vice Chief of Staff, ordered that all soldiers returning from combat should be evaluated by a mental health panel. A June study by the U.S. Army found that 8 percent to 14 percent of all infantry solders serving in Iraq and Afghanistan return from war seriously disabled by mental health problems.
This is a great first step. According to iCasualties, there have currently been 31,902 wounded soldiers and 4,745 killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I am wagering that of the 31,902 wounded soldiers, disabling mental health problems are not included.
Casualties typically overshadow the physically and especially the mentally wounded soldiers– and that doesn’t even consider the horrific emotional toll taken on soldiers’ families through divorce, estranged children, etc..
I’m sure all of those affected thank you Mr. Bush.
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