Monday, February 16, 2004

War and the survivors - NYT Magazine

The Permanent Scars of Iraq
It may be impossible, however, to fully counteract the shock of going from a 24-hour state of generalized fear-apprehension-paranoia, sustained for a year through wartime, to evenings at home on the La-Z-Boy, asked to fulfill the requirements of love and tenderness needed to sustain a family. In a well-publicized string of incidents in 2002, three Special Forces soldiers returned to Fort Bragg, N.C., from Afghanistan and killed their wives in a span of six weeks. All three soldiers committed suicide.

The long magazine article describes the psychic and viscious physical wounds of the Iraq and Afghan wars -- from the American perspective. Many who would have died in previous conflicts live with post-traumatic brain syndromes, obvious disabilities, and psychic trauma.