The Spark

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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Veterans’ Medical Problems—The Pentagon Ignores Them

Oct 24, 2005

An unpublished U.S. Army survey recently obtained by USA Today shows that this year alone about 50,000 Iraq war veterans, that is, one in four, returned home with health problems requiring medical treatment. This is more than three times the total U.S. wounded publicly reported by the Pentagon for the entire war.In addition to many physical injuries, the survey shows the Pentagon has been covering up almost all the psychological and emotional problems veterans face. This year alone, nearly 20,000 reported nightmares or war “flashbacks.” More than 3,700 said they had concerns they might “hurt or lose control” with someone else. Almost 1,700 had thoughts they might be better off dead or could hurt themselves.This survey gives a hint at just how much of this hell the Pentagon has been covering up.