War Relived at Home
War leaves the battlefield and enters our soldiers homes. The Colorado Springs Gazette published a two-part series called “Casualties of War“ in July 2009. Articles were written based on brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, kidnappings and suicides from Iraqi soldiers who returned home in Fort Carson, Colorado Springs. Murder was committed 20 times more from returning soldiers than other young American males. A separate investigation into the high suicide rate among veterans published in the New York Times in October 2010 revealed that three times as many California veterans and active service members were dying soon after returning home than those being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Three times as many Californian veterans and active service members were dying quickly after coming home based on an investigation published in the New York Times in October 2010. These soldiers don’t only suffer the effects of war on the field; the suffering lives at home.