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Iraq War / Mental Illness #841859

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 19, 2006
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The shocking allegations that American soldiers raped an Iraqi girl & murdered her family with one soldier claiming he was mentally ill noted; US military statistics on the treatment for mental anxiety disorders cited.

(Studio: Sharyn Alfonsi) The common practice of recycling soldiers with mental disorders back into combat in Iraq examined; details given about the case of Bryce Syverson†, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. [Father Larry SYVERSON†- says Bryce was on a suicide watch at the hospital, yet redeployed to Ramadi; wonders how Bryce will react in combat.] [Combat trauma expert Dr. John WILSON†- says the danger is they could break down under the stress of combat.] [PTSD sufferer, Army Spc. Jason GUNN, his MOTHER - talk about his case & being redeployed.] The Pentagon position on redeploying soldiers discussed.

Couric, Katie;
Alfonsi, Sharyn

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