Sunday, 18 November 2007

Am I to blame for his private war?

The photographer who took this iconic "Marlboro Marine" picture in Iraq, now brings us up to date on what happened to this young man when he got home.

Stunning, moving writing.

His is the third generation that this has happened to. Before this it was Vietnam, and before that Korea. In this story anyway. They did not recognise PTSD before that but my former father-in-law came home from the invasion of Normandy with it - and my grandfather (a marine at the Dardanelles) committed suicide after years of untreated problems.

How long before we put a stop to sending young men into harm's way for the sake of the greed of a few old men?

see also this item on suicides by US vets

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