New Study Finds Many Veterans Live With War Trauma Throughout Their Lives


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A new study of veterans from the Vietnam War has troubling implications for troops who fought much more recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The study suggests that 40 years since the Vietnam War ended, hundreds of thousands of those vets still struggle every day with mental health problems linked to the traumas they experienced. It was published in the latest issue of JAMA Psychiatry.

“This study is officially called the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study,” NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling reports.hire vets

Daniel says that researchers have been studying Vietnam veterans longer than they’ve studied any other soldiers. Congress ordered the studies to be done to understand how war affects soldiers over most of their lives.

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