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US WAR VETERANS ADDICTED TO DRUGS

They were prepared for war. They were prepared to die for their country. But Fort Carson soldiers say they weren't prepared to come home and fight a different battle -- addiction to illegal drugs.

Many of this country's bravest men and women who volunteered to defend America in a time of war have come home wounded -- physically and mentally -- and are turning to illicit drugs as they adjust to normal life, according to soldiers, health experts and advocates.


"Lots of soldiers coming back from Iraq have been using drugs," said Specialist William Swenson, who was deployed to Iraq from Fort Carson. "Right when we got back there were people using cocaine in the barracks, there were people smoking marijuana at strip clubs; one guy started shooting up," he said.

Fort Carson, just outside Colorado Springs, is home to 17,500 active duty personnel. 4,800 service members are currently

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Added: Nov-30-2007 
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  • the guy in the picture is a psychopath, i think

    i saw him and others celebrating the capture of those young Iraqis and then there was pictures of blood on the floor and all sorts of indications of torture and beatings. i am not proud of such men. if he did not do any of this it doesn't apply, of course.

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  • war is hell we've been told but I'm sure being physically and mentally depended on a drug has to suck too

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  • It's not surprising to see them turn to drugs to deal with the memory of those dirty little secrets they saw or were involved in while on duty.

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  • Addictive personalities some people try drugs and never get addicted..

    Being in the military has little to do with drug use since its an epidemic that involves all classes

    rich poor, military non military etc

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  • I wonder how the Iraqis deal with the pain of seeing their friends and family murdered by invading Imperialist american forces.

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  • Wouldn't you want to drug yourself knowing that you're responsible for the deaths of thousands in an illegal, immoral war?

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  • lasrever: "the guy in the picture is a psychopath, i think

    i saw him and others celebrating the capture of those young Iraqis and then there was pictures of blood on the floor and all sorts of indications of torture and beatings. i am not proud of such men. if he did not do any of this it doesn't apply, of course."
    go save a tree.

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  • FillTheVoid: "Contrary to the theory of evolution, human beings are not made for war (survival of the fittest)"
    Evolution? you don't know the first thing about evolution or you wouldn't make such an asinine statement.

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  • ZenGrden: "Wouldn't you want to drug yourself knowing that you're responsible for the deaths of thousands in an illegal, immoral war?"
    Exactly

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  • ...potentially diagnosed with a drug dependency...Huh? WTF?

    There's always been drugs and alcohol problems in the military. WHY IS THIS NEWS? Oh yeah, it's ABC news and they gotta take a jab at the military. Hell, when I was in the Army it was like a freakin' alcoholism production factory.

    This is not news.

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  • ZenGrden: "Wouldn't you want to drug yourself knowing that you're responsible for the deaths of thousands in an illegal, immoral war?"
    No

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  • the drugs are coming from over there in the first place.......

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  • BULL SHIIT STORY!!


    GO SUCK ON SOME AIDS!

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  • lasrever: "the guy in the picture is a psychopath, i think

    i saw him and others celebrating the capture of those young Iraqis and then there was pictures of blood on the floor and all sorts of indications of torture and beatings. i am not proud of such men. if he did not do any of this it doesn't apply, of course."
    The guy in the pic that adorns this bullshit post, is a Navy SEAL with Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan. You are delusional, and per usual, ill-informed. The photo has not More..

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  • Dat1111: "Addictive personalities some people try drugs and never get addicted..

    Being in the military has little to do with drug use since its an epidemic that involves all classes

    rich poor, military non military etc"
    Right after I got out of the Army, I was pretty heavily into drugs. And one day I just stopped doing drugs, drinking, and even cigarettes. I didn't have a reason to, I just got tired of that lifestyle. And I haven't touched them since.

    So you're right. A person More..

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  • surefireX200: "
    lasrever: "the guy in the picture is a psychopath, i think

    i saw him and others celebrating the capture of those young Iraqis and then there was pictures of blood on the floor and all sorts of indications of torture and beatings. i am not proud of such men. if he did not do any of this it doesn't apply, of course."
    The guy in the pic that adorns this bullshit post, is a Navy SEAL with Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan. You are delusional, and per usual, ill-informe More..
    I agree.. lasrever never shuts up. And he clearly doesnt know shly about the picture. What a joke.

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  • English_Patriot: "I thought it was compulsory for all americans to be drugged.
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    are you talking about the half american - winston?

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  • For the record i would like to say i am pro america but anti bush.. If iraqi's didnt like saddam that much they would have left their country. I hate bush for the simple reason its not our problem yet he puts our men and women there. Bush is a scumbag. I hope the next president doesnt adopt a policy of attacking countries just for the simple reason they are tyranical to its people. So what if saddam gassed women and children in kurdish villages. If the world didnt care why the FVCK should we.. A More..

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  • English_Patriot: "I thought it was compulsory for all americans to be drugged.
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    Only if they want to screw english women. You would have to be on drugs

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  • lasrever: "the guy in the picture is a psychopath, i think

    i saw him and others celebrating the capture of those young Iraqis and then there was pictures of blood on the floor and all sorts of indications of torture and beatings. i am not proud of such men. if he did not do any of this it doesn't apply, of course."
    blood on the floor means torture??? Maybe they were wounded stupid anti american troll.

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  • Metasense: "
    FillTheVoid: "Contrary to the theory of evolution, human beings are not made for war (survival of the fittest)"
    Evolution? you don't know the first thing about evolution or you wouldn't make such an asinine statement."
    Nicely put.

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  • american goverment wants to sweep this under the rug... good post!

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  • Dat1111: "Addictive personalities some people try drugs and never get addicted..

    Being in the military has little to do with drug use since its an epidemic that involves all classes

    rich poor, military non military etc"
    exactly what the pentagon response would be.. to equate it to normal life.. when asked about soldier deaths the usual explanation from dat and pentagon would be iraq is as safe as driving in american roads

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  • `Hola Soldado de mierda .tu tiennes de todo el rifle los tankes munutiones para la guerra pero no tiennes honnor de combate tu eres un idiota vagabundo lleno de miedo por esso tu te vas por la drogua .jajajajajaja

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