People have been talking about this since the occupation of Iraq began, but this is the first time I've seen any numbers, particularly in a large MSM newspaper, like the New York Times.
The New York Times found 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or were charged with one, after their return from war. In many of those cases, combat trauma and the stress of deployment — along with alcohol abuse, family discord and other attendant problems — appear to have set the stage for a tragedy that was part destruction, part self-destruction.
Victims of this violence range from a soldier's child to a spouse to fellow soldiers. All of these cases were quite violent.
One of the most far-reaching aftermaths of the Iraq occupation, I think, is going to be the continued fallout (that will only increase) from soldiers returning home with no resources, no outlets and no knowledge of how to go from being a soldier, trained to kill, back to being a regular citizen, and part of our/their society.
And here is the rest of it.