Soldiers' Mental Health

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photoThirty-five American soldiers are at the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, following last Tuesday's suicide bombing at a U.S. base in Mosul. Colonel Rhoda Cornum, head of the medical center, said today that the wounded all had a "reasonable chance of surviving."

Though soldiers may physically heal, what about the psychological trauma they suffer? Many experts are now calling psychological trauma the hidden toll of the Iraq war. According to Pentagon figures, more than 100,000 U.S. soldiers coming out of Iraq may need mental health treatment in the coming years.

Hear a conversation about the psychological impact of war on American troops.


Scott Shane, domestic correspondent, New York Times

Stephen Robinson, executive director National Gulf War Resource Center

Dr. Evan Kanter, staff psychologist at the Seattle VA Hospital, Northwest regional director of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Robert Brown, United States Marine who fought in the first wave of soldiers invading Iraq last year

This program aired on December 23, 2004.


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