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    For years my husband has worked with formerly homeless men, who also suffer from mental illness alcohol and chemical dependency.  Many are Nam Vets, and now the population is swelling - men and women from wars since Nam.  

    Mental and emotional illness is still stigmatized in America.  Cutbacks in state mental health budgets are looming.

    The impact of binge drinking/alcohol abuse by returning vets is also ominous.

    Combat Veterans From Recent Wars Are At Increased Risk Of Alcohol-Related Problems

    After returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, younger service members and Reserve and National Guard combat personnel are more likely to begin heavy drinking, binge drinking, or other alcohol related problems. These findings are reported in a study published in the August 13 issue of JAMA.

    Previous studies have suggested a strong link between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse. Additionally, several other psychological disorders are known to occur after stressful and traumatic events such as war. As alcohol is commonly used to help those cope with traumatic events, there is a high probability that military deployment is associated with increased rates of alcohol consumption or problem drinking. There have been reports from earlier conflicts that personnel have misused alcohol at high rates after deployment, but there is little information on patterns of alcohol use regarding the most current crop of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    We are indeed facing a tsunami.

    Anthropologists for human diversity; opposing McCain perversity

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 04:23:12 AM PDT

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