The Wounded Platoon

This PBS Frontline special airs tomorrow night and then will be available on the website to watch after that. This looks like it is not a show to be taken lightly. I have not pre-screened it yet so I am not sure its entire content or how it approaches the content it deals with. However I am pretty sure that those who are still wrestling with the demons that haunt them, may want to have a loved one in the room with them if possible when they watch this.

Since the Iraq War began, soldier arrests in the city of Colorado Springs, Colo., have tripled. At least 36 servicemen based at the nearby Army post of Fort Carson have committed suicide, and 14 Fort Carson soldiers have been charged or convicted in at least 11 killings. Many of the most violent crimes involved men who had served in the same battalion in Iraq. Three of them came from a single platoon of infantrymen. FRONTLINE tells the dark tale of the men of 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry, and how the war followed them home. It is a story of heroism, grief, vicious combat, depression, drugs, alcohol and brutal murder; an investigation into the Army’s mental health services; and a powerful portrait of what multiple tours and post-traumatic stress are doing to a generation of young American soldiers.

1 thought on “The Wounded Platoon”

  1. Those of us who weren’t there absolutely need to do everything we can to support those who were when they get home. That’s our job. PTSD and brain injury are going to be with us long after the combat actions are over. This is part of what we sign on for as a culture when we go to war.

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