Casualties of War: The Most Depressive Toy Soldiers Ever

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The hell of war comes home. In July 2009 Colorado Springs Gazettea published a two-part series entitled “Casualties of War”. The articles focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, who since returning from duty in Iraq had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. Returning soldiers were committing murder at a rate 20 times greater 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. We hear little about the personal hell soldiers live through after returning home.

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32 Responses to Casualties of War: The Most Depressive Toy Soldiers Ever

  1. Guest May 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Given the ever lowering standards of the military, you have to ask what would these same soldier’s be doing if they hadn’t joined the service. My guess would be still a life of crime, drug abuse etc….

    • Anon May 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

      Are you suggesting that the US mostly hires criminals and low-lifes to do it’s dirty work?

    • Rheokhu May 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

      Someone has taken his own economic opportunities for granted. That must be a nice feeling.

      • Guest May 9, 2011 at 7:29 am #

        No, I don’t mean that to sound as a judgement call. And yeah, you just reinforced my point. A lot of people that enlist feel forced to because of their economic situation, and I am sure that this demographic already has pre-existing problems with the issues mentioned in the article above. Thats all. I am just trying to make the point that many of these soldiers probably struggled with this crap before their military duty exacerbated it.

    • MrPINKi May 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      Granted many gang memebers join the military but judging from your comment you have’nt the slightest clue. Same as Francois Tremblay, I agree with bookwench, your just being a gapping fucking asshole. Lets shove some PTSD in your head and see how you come out on the other side.

  2. Guest May 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Given the ever lowering standards of the military, you have to ask what would these same soldier’s be doing if they hadn’t joined the service. My guess would be still a life of crime, drug abuse etc….

  3. Anon May 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Are you suggesting that the US mostly hires criminals and low-lifes to do it’s dirty work?

  4. Anon May 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    oh wait, my bad, you are.

  5. Francois Tremblay May 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    How is that a problem? The more that die, the better off we are.

    • Mr. Coffee May 9, 2011 at 3:40 am #

      What a shitty thing to say.

    • bookwench May 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      What do you even mean by that? Or are you just trying to shock people by being a gaping asshole?

    • TheTruthHurts May 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

      I hate to agree with Francois…but I have little to no sympathy for
      most soldiers. It’s one thing to enlist when there are no wars being fought, perhaps
      hoping that the military will pay for your schooling. But once war is
      declared, every soldier has an obligation as a thinking/feeling human being to make the following choice: to fight for what they believe is a “just” and/or “moral” cause or become a conscientious objector. The choice is that simple. And if you believe that the soldiers have been brainwashed so that they are no longer capable of making such a choice, them they are no longer human…rather, they have willingly allowed themselves to be turned into meat-slave-robots and they do not deserve any pity or sympathy.

      • Mr. Coffee May 10, 2011 at 9:59 am #

        That is so moody and ironic.

  6. Francois Tremblay May 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    How is that a problem? The more that die, the better off we are.

  7. Anonymous May 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Someone has taken his own economic opportunities for granted. That must be a nice feeling.

  8. Mr. Coffee May 9, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    What a shitty thing to say.

  9. Mr. Coffee May 9, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Hey! I was stationed there. I have a feeling it’s the 2nd ID BCT. Those guys would get back from deployment and flip right the hell out. 4th ID guys would get back, get a few DUIs (which is admittedly bad) but we wouldn’t make Arson our new hobby.

    No idea what was going on in that unit, I’m just glad it wasn’t me and that I’m out now.

  10. Mr. Coffee May 9, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    Hey! I was stationed there. I have a feeling it’s the 2nd ID BCT. Those guys would get back from deployment and flip right the hell out. 4th ID guys would get back, get a few DUIs (which is admittedly bad) but we wouldn’t make Arson our new hobby.

    No idea what was going on in that unit, I’m just glad it wasn’t me and that I’m out now.

  11. Guest May 9, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    No, I don’t mean that to sound as a judgement call. And yeah, you just reinforced my point. A lot of people that enlist feel forced to because of their economic situation, and I am sure that this demographic already has pre-existing problems with the issues mentioned in the article above. Thats all. I am just trying to make the point that many of these soldiers probably struggled with this crap before their military duty exacerbated it.

  12. Anonymous May 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    What do you even mean by that? Or are you just trying to shock people by being a gaping asshole?

  13. Anonymous May 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Once their tours end, we could care less how these soldiers cope with the aftermath. The ripple effect of our wars is beyond our imagination and may never be accurately assessed in terms of the suicides, violent crimes, broken families and personal suffering they cause back here at home. These kinds of stories are grossly under reported, as are the wars themselves, which seem to have all but disappeared from the news. Vietnam ended in part because US citizens saw the effects the war was having every night on their television sets with images of the dead and wounded. But now it’s understood that the endless money spigot from tax payers would be cut off if these wars ended and so we are guaranteed the continued sanitizing of reality for mass consumption.

  14. bookwench May 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Once their tours end, we could care less how these soldiers cope with the aftermath. The ripple effect of our wars is beyond our imagination and may never be accurately assessed in terms of the suicides, violent crimes, broken families and personal suffering they cause back here at home. These kinds of stories are grossly under reported, as are the wars themselves, which seem to have all but disappeared from the news. Vietnam ended in part because US citizens saw the effects the war was having every night on their television sets with images of the dead and wounded. But now it’s understood that the endless money spigot from tax payers would be cut off if these wars ended and so we are guaranteed the continued sanitizing of reality for mass consumption.

  15. TheTruthHurts May 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I hate to agree with Francois…but I have little to no sympathy for
    most soldiers. It’s one thing to enlist when there are no wars being fought, perhaps
    hoping that the military will pay for your schooling. But once war is
    declared, every soldier has an obligation as a thinking/feeling human being to make the following choice: to fight for what they believe is a “just” and/or “moral” cause or become a conscientious objector. The choice is that simple. And if you believe that the soldiers have been brainwashed so that they are no longer capable of making such a choice, them they are no longer human…rather, they have willingly allowed themselves to be turned into meat-slave-robots and they do not deserve any pity or sympathy.

  16. MrPINKi May 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Granted many gang memebers join the military but judging from your comment you have’nt the slightest clue. Same as Francois Tremblay, I agree with bookwench, your just being a gapping fucking asshole. Lets shove some PTSD in your head and see how you come out on the other side.

  17. Mr. Coffee May 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    That is so moody and ironic.

  18. zach slaker May 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Wow you guys are a bunch of low lives that don’t care about anyone else!!! How about you go over there for 8 months and be commanded by a guy, who is sitting on his ass in a nice comfortable chair, telling you to go kill this person or that person. Half you on here probably don’t even know how to shoot a gun. So keep talking all this bad about our soldiers who go through more sh it in 8 months, than you will in your life time…It is very easy to sit on your computer and talk so much bad about them….Uncle Sam wants you, but your scared sh itless to join so good thing all these criminals go to war for us…..AMERICA!!!!!

  19. zach slaker May 11, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Wow you guys are a bunch of low lives that don’t care about anyone else!!! How about you go over there for 8 months and be commanded by a guy, who is sitting on his ass in a nice comfortable chair, telling you to go kill this person or that person. Half you on here probably don’t even know how to shoot a gun. So keep talking all this bad about our soldiers who go through more sh it in 8 months, than you will in your life time…It is very easy to sit on your computer and talk so much bad about them….Uncle Sam wants you, but your scared sh itless to join so good thing all these criminals go to war for us…..AMERICA!!!!!

  20. Randy Treibel September 3, 2011 at 5:09 am #

    Truth has a way to be ironic.

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