More than 25 percent of U.S. Army combat troops who have been deployed to Iraq more than once are suffering from anxiety, depression, or acute stress, the New York Times reports today. The problem increases with each tour of duty, and some have served four of them. The paper reviews an Army survey of 2,295 anonymous Iraq veterans and additional interviews with soldiers who served in combat brigades.
Since the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, about 513,000 active-duty soldiers have served in Iraq, and more than 197,000 have deployed two or more times, the newspaper reports. For soldiers who have gone to Iraq more than once, the study showed that 27percent of noncommissioned officers exhibited post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. "Lengthy and repeated deployments with insufficient recovery time have placed incredible stress on our soldiers and our families, testing the resolve of our all-volunteer force like never before," Army vice chief of staff Gen. Richard A. Cody, told a Congressional committee last week, the Times reported.