Wow - very impressive. All of you that appear to not know a lot about what you speak.
The majority of those who served in Vietnam were volunteers. Around 80%.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - Only requires a stressor that the recipient believes could have cost them their life. That would be either taking life or seeing life taken. It does not in any way pre-dispose individuals to carnage and death in a post war environment. Harpgirl - you are so full of it. Mick, artbrooks, myself, and millions of others have survived just fine with it. You really ought to get a grip.
The four deaths in the Army after the Afghan deployment had literally nothing to do with the deployment. Those four couples had been having serious problems long before the troops were sent there. To attribute the deaths to the war is simply irresponsible.
I know veterans who received decorations for saving the lives of civilians. It does not make it right that civilians get hurt or killed, but when the "enemy" gets amongst the civilians and fires on the troops one only has a couple of choices.
Glad you all are so freaking perfect that you can set up there and spit down on the troops. What does the Bible say? "He who is without sin cast the first stone?"
As a teacher, if that is indeed what you are GUEST, you ought to be hanging your head in shame. Jumping to conclusions and making statements without first knowing the facts. I'm glad no one has EVER doctored pictures and posted them for all to see. I'm glad the media has NEVER EVER made statements that were false and misleading. There is no cover up - there is an investigation and the folks responsible will be dealt with. As a teacher you have a broader responsibility to your students to give them real information and not emotional diatribes from a TV show.
I do not support torture of prisoners. There are a lot better ways to get accurate information. But it happens. Not a lot. And the small minority that do it will be taken care of. Always have and always will. So much for GUEST's "cover up" shpiel.
I still believe that we should be in Iraq. We've a task to accomplish and the men and women I communicate with that are there believe they are doing good for the population. My personal belief is that the country will resurrect and come back to haunt us with gouging oil prices for our actions to give them a real government with stability.
Just my not so humble .01 worth.