When soldiers return from overseas tours to places like Afghanistan and Iraq, many must deal with medical or psychological issues. Ten years after the beginning of the war in Iraq, veterans are facing increasing challenges at home. Two veterans’ medical centers are serving upstate New York and Vermont with a variety of services.
New York National Guard Sargeant Chris Paiser was deployed to Iraq about three months after the capture of Saddam Hussein. On June 16th, 2004, Paiser was at his base’s PX in Balad when a rocket attack caused shrapnel to impact just below his right temple, permanently blinding him.
One of the signature lasting effects on veterans of the Iraq War is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reveals that PTSD not only affects those who served, but their family members as well....
Amy, a resident of the Northern Berkshires is married to a veteran who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, and was redeployed for Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. Amy, who asked to keep her last name anonymous, said that when her husband returned from war the first time in 2006, she noticed his behavior had changed.
When the most recent Iraq war began, I was serving as student rabbi at a wonderful little synagogue in New England. One of the regulars at our monthly Torah study was a World War II veteran – let’s call him Sam. Sam would always bring consideration and deep insight to text study. But more than that, Sam was – and is – a mensh.