San Jose Spartan Daily
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Thursday, November 8, 2007
Coping with the aftermath of war
Abstract: After Romeo Horvath returned from military service in Iraq, he wasn't quite the same. "I was drinking heavily and isolating myself," he said. After months of suffering, Horvath sought counseling from Veterans Affairs and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that affects approximately 11 percent of returning veterans, said Dr.... Post Comment
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Ted Rudow III,MA The rise in psychological trauma associated with the war in Iraq should not surprise experts. The extent of wartime trauma is directly proportional to the type of warfare fought and the experiences encountered. Studies of Vietnam veterans show that between 26 and 31 percent have experienced PTSD. This rate is understandable given that the Vietnam War combat environment included both guerilla and conventional warfare. It is arguable that the war in Iraq compares to the Vietnam War, as there is no safe place, no enemy lines, and threats surround the soldier on all sides. Situations that can contribute to the development of PTSD. Now soldier's who are suffered from PTSD and other mental illnesses are being send back to Iraq, after serving there!
I work as a volunteer Counselor at the VA Hospital in Menlo Park,CA for 17 years as amusician therapist. I work mostly with Vietnam Vets. War is the national creed of America. Like the neighborhood bully, they're proud of the fact that they can beat up anyone else, and they flaunt it in the media. See how this competitive war thing has been the final stages of every great civilization and empire.
Ted Rudow III, MA
Former Grad Student (class of 1996)