Opinion

Commentary: Psychological help for returning troops

This editorial appeared in The (Raleigh) News & Observer.

The profound thanks of a grateful nation goes to the men and women who have served multiple tours of duty in war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. But it's not enough, and military health officials who recognize the need to provide psychological counseling to returning troops are due credit for stepping up and doing something about it.

At Fort Campbell, Ky., for example – home of the 101st Airborne Division – the staff of psychologists has been doubled to help returning veterans, many of whom have served three or four tours of duty in war.

Every soldier returning home will meet with professionals who can help them with the difficulties in adjusting after being absorbed by war's horrors. That combat troops are in short supply has necessitated longer tours of duty overseas and has disrupted the lives of soldiers and those of their families over long periods of time.

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