On June 5, 2008, Time Magazine ran a story entitled, "America's Medicated Army". Here is a snippet from the article:
The medicines are intended not only to help troops keep their cool but also to enable the already strapped Army to preserve its most precious resource: soldiers on the front lines. Data contained in the Army's fifth Mental Health Advisory Team report indicate that, according to an anonymous survey of U.S. troops taken last fall, about 12% of combat troops in Iraq and 17% of those in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills to help them cope. Escalating violence in Afghanistan and the more isolated mission have driven troops to rely more on medication there than in Iraq, military officials say.
It seems that fighting pre-emptive and immoral wars is not good for one's mental health. I wonder when we as a nation will realize the error of our ways and demand that our government do something about it?
I don't know of any other occupation that has this high a rate of mental illness. Would you want your loved one to enter such a career?
Prozac: The Military's Secret Weapon, MSNBC with Joe Scarborough. Video lasts 3:25This is article #4 on militarism.