Monday, September 10, 2007

Military Conflicts

Any war can cause profound medical damage. Many of the soldiers who fought in the Viet Nam War returned home suffering post-traumatic shock. Some were amputees, some were homeless. Others developed severe problems with alcohol, drugs, and mental illness.

Following the war in the Persian Gulf, Veterans Administration Hospitals started identifying a new syndrome brought home by soldiers who had fought in the Middle East. Recent reports estimate that nearly 40,000 military personnel may be suffering from illnesses contracted during the Persian Gulf War. Military personnel returning home from war duty in Iraq and Afghanistan are putting a tremendous strain on the Veterans Administration.

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