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Are Female War Veterans Showing Signs Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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Host Naimah Latif

Host Naimah Latif


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During peace times, the military offered such great opportunities for paid education and professional training, that many young people rushed to take advantage of this chance to improve their lives and launch a successful career. Women rightfully demanded the opportunity for a paid college education and technical training, as well as an opportunity tto use their skills in the service of their country, which was all well and good diuring peace times. But now the world is at war, and what began for many women as a simple desire to avoid paying for college as a member of the National Guard became full fledged combat duty, complete with experiences of brutal killing and bloodshed. The memories don't go away. While stories are common about men suffering post traumatic stress syndrome from military battle, what about the women? What about wo,en who must come back and resume their roles as mothers of children? Are they also having nightmares and becoming substance abusers to numb the pain from horrifying memories? After all the maimings and killings and psychological damage, what have we as women earned about war? Have we learned that we don't want to go through  it again? Or are some of us excited at the thought of having the power to kill? Today we'll talk to activists who hope to heighten awarnenss about the need for therapy, counselng, and psychological repair of war veterans who have returned home from combat and are now having a major impact on their families.