Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Body of war: New documentary depicts soldier's personal battle

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 4:41 PM

We just passed the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since the invasion five years ago. Still, the death toll climbs.

Typically unmentioned alongside the count of American war dead are the tens of thousands of wounded (not to mention the Iraqi dead). The Pentagon doesn't tout the number of Americans injured, but the Web site icasualties.org reports an official number of more than 40,000 soldiers requiring medical airlifts out of Iraq, a good indicator of the scale of major injuries. That doesn't include many others. Dr. Arthur Blank, an expert on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), estimates that 30 percent of Iraq veterans will suffer from PTSD.

Amy Goodman's Breaking the Sound Barrier podcast

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