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3/10/2014

Risks and Stress on American troops in Afghanistan

A couple of recent articles in the Stars and Stripes publication give some reminders of the state of our American troops in Afghanistan.  The articles mention 33,700 U.S. troops still are deployed in Afghanistan, and the conditions are still mentally and physically tough. The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas are continuing to ship care packages to the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines serving in Afghanistan. We hope, in some small way, our care packages will bring a few bright moments to some U.S. troops far from home.

Title: The last casualties: As a long war ends, risks still prove real
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Also in the House chamber that night was Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a former Air Force pilot who flew intelligence and medevac missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I think there is a sense in the military that Americans are not paying attention anymore," he had told a reporter a few weeks earlier, shortly after returning from a visit to Kabul. "I think they're right, to be honest. There is a sense that it's over, but it's not."

There are currently roughly 33,700 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Medical professionals say the combat evacuation system that sprang up at the height of the Iraq war to care for the wounded is being pared down. In December, Bagram became the only base in Afghanistan with a top-tier trauma center, which means that patients across the battlefield in need of specialized care face longer journeys. As the footprint becomes smaller in coming months, the margin of error will widen, said Lt. Col. Mary Danko, the chief Air Force flight nurse in Bagram.
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Title: Helping troops find peace of mind in a place of war
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The Army deployed nine (behavioral health) providers in 2005, four years after the first American troops arrived in Afghanistan to oust the Taliban. By last summer, the number had climbed to 114, including social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. (The Air Force and Navy had 22 providers, compared with none in 2005.)

About 20 percent of the almost 3 million veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or related conditions, the lingering fallout of two distant conflicts on America.

“Now, with cell phones, Skype, Facebook, they can stay in touch with everyone, and that can add to their stress.”
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