ABC News Nightline Invisible Casualties: Three Part Series
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- Starring: Ted Koppel
- Format: NTSC
- Studio: ABC News
- Theatrical Release Date: Dec 31, 1969
- DVD Release Date: Oct 15, 2007
- Run Time: 65 minutes
- ASIN: B000X9K1OI
- UPC: 883629298948
- Sales Rank: 304355
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We've all seen the images of joyful homecomings from the war in Iraq. The little girl running into the arms of her father who's back safely, the young couple kissing on the tarmac, awash with tears of happiness and relief. What we don't see in many of those homecomings are the deep psychological scars that are affecting, according to medical researchers, one in six American servicemembers. These are injuries that don't get much attention, partly because the injured so rarely talk about their problems. It's taboo. ABC News has an exclusive window into that world. Meet American servicemen and servicewomen dealing with those hidden scars. A unique portrait of what it's like to be at home, with a war living inside your mind.
Part 1 - Meet an American soldier, who's wife also served with him in Iraq, and hear what he has been going through since the couple returned from Iraq. The aftershock of having been in a war is a disease. It's called PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It can affect anyone who is involved in or sees horrible things happen to human beings. The military culture has taken a long time to come to terms with the fact that the mental health aspect of war is something real and difficult. But the U.S. Military is starting to realize how important it is to deal with PTSD as a very real and serious health issue.
Part 2 - ABC News continues reporting on PTSD and takes a look at how the Pentagon is dealing with the problem through new programs and a new sensitivity to the environment that these men and women have experienced in Iraq. These initiatives are allowing more troops to step forward and acknowledge their own pain and suffering.
Part 3 - Ted Koppel speaks with Chris Hedges, a veteran war correspondent with The New York Times. He has covered many wars, from Central America to Africa to the Middle East and the Balkans. He is the author of a book titled War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning. Hedges says he does not believe the media is telling the whole story of war. And he will talk about the conflict that the war correspondent faces: while filled with exhilaration, adrenaline, and horror, the correspondent also has the obligation to report.
Anchor: Ted Koppel
Correspondent: John McWethy
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