2 May
The hell of war comes home

A commentary on the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the waves of American veterans returning from tours of duty in Iraq. These toy soldiers — an obvious twist on the ubiquitous green plastic soldiers kids play with the world over — are an art project titled Casualties of War. As creators Dorothy write: “The hell of war comes home. In July 2009 Colorado Springs Gazette published a two-part series entitled “Casualties of War”. The articles focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, who since returning from duty in Iraq had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. Returning soldiers were committing murder at a rate 20 times greater than other young American males. A separate investigation into the high suicide rate among veterans published in the New York Times in October 2010 revealed that three times as many California veterans and active service members were dying soon after returning home than those being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. We hear little about the personal hell soldiers live through after returning home.” Considering the shattering news of last night, and really the efforts of soldiers deployed worldwide, attention to caring for the people that risk their lives so can we post about $1,000,000 Hunting Rifles and Pure Scotch Whisky In a Can seems all the more important…

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