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Seventeen US soldiers from a Colorado military base who mostly served in Iraq have been linked to violent killings and attempted killings since their return to US soil. Three of them came from one platoon - highlighting how a generation of American soldiers are struggling to cope with life after military service.
“The Wounded Platoon” opens with the death of an American soldier. He had been to Iraq, but he didn’t die there. That soldier, Specialist Kevin Shields, survived combat only to be killed in Colorado Springs after a night of drinking with three Army buddies, who are all now serving prison sentences for his murder.
Four of the platoon have ended up in prison. Two are dead - one died from an overdose, another was killed by a suicide bomb.
In all, 15 out of 42 soldiers from Third Platoon left the army after a single Iraq tour. Four were kicked out for failing drug tests, and one was sent to prison for driving while drunk and fleeing the scene of an accident. Five were medically discharged. Only five left the army because their service had ended.
More than half of the platoon said they suffered from psychological problems after Iraq.
Originally posted by cindyremains
Do you know where "The Wounded Platoon" might be found complete somewhere? Even if I had to buy it I think I would like to watch it. Either way, thanks and I will watch it on here if I cannot find it somewhere else.
Originally posted by Esoteric Teacher
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