Iraq Soldiers Who Killed People Suffer More than Peers, Study Finds

In November, U.C. San Francisco psychiatry professor Shira Maguen published a paper claiming that Vietnam veterans who killed enemies have, on average, lived far more troubled lives than soldiers who did not. Well, the times are not a-changing — according to a recently completed Maguen study, Iraq war veterans who killed enemies are also far more likely to suffer myriad conditions than peers who did not.

Maguen's paper, which appears in the Journal of Traumatic Stress (as did the last study) surveyed nearly 2,800 soldiers returning from Iraq. Forty percent of them reported they had killed someone or were somehow responsible for killing during their deployment. Even after controlling for combat exposure and injury, the San Francisco VA Medical Center Study found these soldiers were far more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, hostility, anger, and relationship problems.



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