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U.S. Sergeant Faces 17 Counts of Murder in Afghan Killings – NYTimes.com

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged on Friday with 17 counts of murder and various other charges, including attempted murder, in connection with the March 11 attack on …

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Suspect’s Deployments Put Focus on War Strains – NYTimes.com

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan last week, …

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Suspect in Afghan Attack ‘Snapped,’ U.S. Official Says – NYTimes.com

The American staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers had been drinking alcohol — a violation of military rules in …

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A Military Diagnosis, ‘Personality Disorder,’ Is Challenged – NYTimes.com

Capt. Susan Carlson was not a typical recruit when she volunteered for the Army in 2006 at the age of 50. But the Army desperately needed behavioral health professionals like …

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Women in the U.S. Military: Growing Share, Distinctive Profile – Pew Research Center

Since 1973, when the United States military ended conscription and established an all-volunteer force, the number of women serving on active duty has risen dramatically. The share of women among the enlisted ranks has increased seven-fold, from 2% to 14%, and the share among commissioned officers has quadrupled, from 4% to 16%.

The women who serve in today’s military differ from the men who serve in a number of ways. Compared with their male counterparts, a greater share of military women are black and a smaller share are married. Also, women veterans of the post-9/11 era are less likely than men to have served in combat and more likely to be critical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In other ways, however, military women are not different from military men: they are just as likely to be officers; they joined the armed services for similar reasons; and post-9/11 veterans of both sexes have experienced a similar mix of struggles and rewards upon returning to civilian life.

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Daily Number: Combat Veterans and Emotional Trauma – Pew Research Center

The challenges veterans face upon returning to civilian life are often linked to experiences they had in combat. Among post-9/11 combat veterans, more than half (52%) say that during their military service, they had experiences that were emotionally traumatic or distressing. Noncombat veterans are less likely to report having these types of experiences, though they are not immune. Among post-9/11 veterans who did not serve in combat, 30% say they had traumatic or distressing experiences over the course of their military service.

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Daily Number: Support for Returning Troops Seen As Lacking – Pew Research Center

More than six-in-ten Americans do not believe that the U.S. government is giving enough support to veterans returning home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fully 62% of the general public hold that view while 65% of those from households with veterans who have served since 9/11 say that the level of support is lacking. But there’s a sharp difference between the general public and military households on whether the American people have given enough support to troops. Americans overall are split on the question of whether they give enough support to the troops — with 49% believing that they don’t and 47% that they do. A 58%-majority of those from households with veterans say the public has not given soldiers enough backing. The biggest areas where those surveyed said the government is falling short are medical care (cited by 42%), financial issues (37%) and mental health issues (34%). Read more …Support for Returning Troops Seen As Lacking

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Government Does Not Give Enough Support to Vets – Pew Research Center

The American public does not think the U.S. government does enough for returning war veterans. Only 32% say the government gives enough support to troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, while nearly twice as many (62%) say the government does not provide enough support. The public is divided on whether the American people give enough support to returning soldiers — 47% say they do, while 49% disagree. Opinion tilts more negatively among the families of those who have served in the military since the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Households with veterans say the American people do not give …

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Army program works to make soldiers fit in body and mind – The Washington Post

The soldiers crowd around a large conference table, their maroon berets scattered on top. A digital clock on the wall shows the time in Afghanistan and Iraq. The unit’s flag, hung with battle streamers, rests at one end of …

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U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Pays High Price For Afghan Surge Year

The soldiers of the Army’s famed 101st Airborne Division deployed to Afghanistan confident their counterinsurgency expertise would once again turn a surge strategy into a success but are headed home …

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Brain Injuries Are Seen in New Scans of Veterans – NYTimes.com

A new study may help explain why some military personnel exposed to blasts have symptoms of brain injury even though their CT an…

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