The war has concluded in Iraq, the war goes on and on in Afghanistan. During the past decade about 2,000,000 Americans have served in these combat zones and about 500,000 returned home as changed individuals. Not only do they carry in their minds the physical wounds of war, but also the mental. The Veterans Administration has come under attack for failure to provide sufficient counseling workers for those who are emotionally disabled.
We suspect that drawing upon veterans who served in previous wars is a mistake. Those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan require counseling from those who also served in these areas. Iraq and Afghanistan are different wars and require counselors who understand those experiences of combat.