A series of penetrating reports on the psychological health of Iraq War veterans at Fort Carson, Colorado, and the impact of post-traumatic stress injury on the military community
In a six-part series that aired on various NPR news programs, reporter Daniel Zwerdling uncovers the problems of many soldiers returning from Iraq with serious psychiatric post-traumatic stress injuries. Unlike veterans with physical traumas, the soldiers with psychiatric injuries were often denied help by the military and treated as malcontents or cowards. Some were jailed, court-martialed or discharged. Zwerdling pressed superior officers for explanations, and his interviews with officers show their attitudes range from contempt to indifference to suspicion of their soldiers. These reports centered on Fort Collins in Colorado, but they precipitated a wave of government investigations and other media reports, helping to make the emotional wounds of the Iraq war a national issue.
Daniel Zwerdling, correspondent; Anne Hawke, producer; Ellen Weiss, vice president, news, NPR
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