Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Soldier's Heart

PBS aired an excellent documentary tonight on the subject of psychological problems affecting soldiers returning from Iraq. "The Soldier's Heart," on Frontline, will be available for viewing on the PBS web site beginning on Friday. Meanwhile, the site associated with the show presents a number of interviews and other materials related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other combat-related psychological problems. Among the findings related on the program (and in documents provided on the web site) is this one: An Army study has found that one in six soldiers returning from Iraq suffers from PTSD, anxiety, or depression.

A bonus on the web site is a selection of war poetry and prose. Especially worth noting (I think) is British poet Wilfrid Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" from World War I.