Stress spears deployed service personnel

In Iraq and Afghanistan, no one works “behind the lines”

By Bruce Bower, 15:42 PM August 22, 2011

LAS VEGAS — Soldiers fighting at the tip of the spear — the leading edge of combat — confront fighting, suffering and dying. But the success of those soldiers’ operations depends on a huge network of service and support personnel who themselves face considerable and often overlooked war stress, says military sociologist Wilbur Scott of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

After returning from one or more deployments, National Guard combat service personnel — including clerks, tru...

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