A new military survey obtained by USA Today shows that U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan are reporting record levels of acute stress and low morale.
The problem is most severe in servicemen and women who have been deployed multiple times. A third of them reported depression, anxiety or another serious mental health problem.
Meanwhile, those reporting medium to very high morale dropped to 46.5 percent from 65.7 percent in 2005. Seventeen percent reported acute stress, compared to 6 percent in 2005.
The survey also painted a bleak picture of the intense combat troops in Afghanistan engage in. More than 75 percent said a friend had been wounded or killed, and half of respondents said they had killed an enemy combatant. Half also experienced explosions at close range while on foot patrols.
The good news is the military has doubled the mental health staff available to troops stationed i
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