WASHINGTON, July 4 — Contractors who have worked in Iraq are returning home with the same kinds of combat-related mental health problems that afflict United States military personnel, according to contractors, industry officials and mental health experts.
But, they say, the private workers are largely left on their own to find care, and their problems often go ignored or are inadequately treated.
A vast second army, one of contractors — up to 126,000 Americans, Iraqis and other foreigners — is working for the United States government in Iraq. Many work side-by-side with soldiers and are exposed to the same dangers, but they mostly must fend for themselves in navigating the civilian health care system when they come back to the United States.
With no widespread screening, many workers are not identified as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other problems, mental health experts and contractors say. And, they add, the quality of treatment for others can vary widely because of limited civilian expertise in combat-related disorders.
Damn right TERROR is following us home! The wave of haunted and terrorized casualties returning home number thousands more than official US military figures. The symptoms of PTSD range from mild to totally PSYCHOTIC and AGGRESSIVE. Both diagnosed and UN-diagnosed combat related mental illness will be trying to ASSIMILATE back into American society for years to come. So, Yes, the terror has followed us home! The American Taxpayer will foot the bill once again, one way or another.
Thanks George, your self-fulfilling prophecy comes true.