Joshua E. S. Phillips writes about meeting the American soldiers who have been involved in or witnessed abuse of prisoners for The Washington Post:
It seems each day brings heartbreaking news of American soldiers who’ve perished on the battlefield, and veterans who’ve taken their own lives. We tend to associate wartime trauma with combat, such as bloody firefights. But there are other grueling wartime events beyond the battlefield.
President Barack Obama recognized this last month when he extended veterans’ access for treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I’ve met enough veterans to know that you don’t have to engage in a firefight to endure the trauma of war,” said Obama.
That makes two of us.
About two years ago I met former Army interrogator, Don Dzagulones, who explained how his involvement in detainee abuse had a more harrowing long-term impact on him than surviving deadly ambushes in Vietnam.
The full article is available here.
Joshua E.S. Phillips’ new book None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture is available now in hardback.