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Monday, May 21, 2007

Vets and sex crimes

The Bureau of Justice Statistics just released a study showing that military veterans in prison are more than twice as likely to have been convicted for sex offenses as non-veteran inmates. Why? Well golly, they just don't know.

In another shocking study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2004, researchers concluded that at least 2 in every 10 returning soldiers reported suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Perhaps, more unsettling is that less than half reported seeking help.

Below is a definition of PTSD offered up by the National Institute of Mental Health:
"People with PTSD may startle easily, become emotionally numb (especially in relation to people with whom they used to be close), lose interest in things they used to enjoy, have trouble feeling affectionate, be irritable, become more aggressive, or even become violent."

I trust that these incarcerated vets are receiving comprehensive PTSD treatment...just like at good old Walter Reed Hospital


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