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Combat Stress and Today's Troops

As for our troops, there's a different health concern right now, combat stress. Many are so young they are fighting in the first war they've ever known.

Dr. Mike Deeken is a Colonel in the army but he's also a Psychiatrist who has counseled front line troops on many battlefields. "When there's constant battle, bullets and bombs and no chance to really get proper rest, that's when we start worrying about soldiers having a psychological breakdown."

In the war in Iraq, Dr. Deeken says each division has trained medical staff, including a psychiatrist and a social worker to help troops deal with stress on the front lines. He says rest, food, and some counseling are usually enough to get soldiers back into action after a couple days.

He adds the real stress for our troops is not normally battle action, instead it's not knowing what's happening back at home. That's why Dr. Deeken says the best thing you can do for friends or family in Iraq is to send them encouraging words from home.

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