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PTSD Rises Among Soldiers In Iraq

The number of soldiers who are displaying signs of post traumatic stess disorder has jumped by about 50% in 2007. Records show that about 40,000 members of the military have been diagnosed with the illness since 2003. However, Army Surgeon General Eric Schoomaker believes we do not right presently “have good numbers.” He attributed the rise in numbers to better record keeping and increased exposure of soldiers to combat. Officals have been urging soldiers and their family members to seek professional help if signs of the illness appear. The new figures that were revealed indicate that Army and Marine personnel are being hit hardest by PTSD.

Army statistics show there were nearly 14,000 newly diagnosed cases across the services in 2007 cmpared wth more than 9,500 in the previus year and 1,632 in 2003. The Marine Corps had more thn 2,100 new cases com pared with 1,366 in 2006. More than 5,000 Marines have been diagnosed with PTSD since 2003. In a sense the Surgeon General is correct, more knowledge means more soldiers are seeking treatment. But, this is good news, not bad.

Seek Juvenile Records Of Combat Veteran

A newspaper is seeking permission from a judge in order to inspect the juvenile court records of an Iraqi war vteran who is now being charged with the murder of an Army comrade’s death. They want the file of Kenneth Eastridge to be opened because at the age of 12 he was charged with reckless homicide in a juvenile court when he shot 12 year old Billy Bowman. Now, at age 24, Eastridge is being held in a Colorado jail along with two other former Army buddies for the alleged murder os Spc. Kevin Shields. State law allows juvenile files to be opened in special circumstances. Public Defender J. David Nehaus, who represents Niehaus, is arguing that juvenile files should not be opened just because the media wants to examine records in a current high profile case.

Niehaus is expected to argue that Eastridge suffered a serious head injury on his first tour in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart. His lawyer is arguing Eastridge suffered from post traumatic stress disorder which impacted his behavior upon returning home. This case is merely one of many which will be in the courts as PTSD continues impacting the lives of thousands of wounded Iraq war veterans. The fruits of the Bush invasion of Iraq will blossom long after the president leaves office.