The Hell of War Comes Home:
Newspaper Series Documents Murder,
Suicide, Kidnappings by Iraq Vets

A startling two-part series published in the Gazette newspaper of Colorado Springs titled "Casualties of War" examines a part of war seldom discussed by the media or government officials: the difficulty of returning to civilian life after being trained to be a killer. The story focuses on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment. Soldiers from the brigade have have been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. The Army unitís murder rate is 114 times the rate for Colorado Springs. We speak with the reporter who broke the story and get the Armyís response.

Guests

Dave Philipps, reporter with the Colorado Springs Gazette. He wrote the two-part series "Casualties of War."

Col. Jimmie Keenan, Commander of the Evans Army Community Hospital in Colorado Springs. She is the former chief of staff for the Armyís Warrior Care and Transition Office in Arlington, Va.

This segment was originally broadcast on
Democracy Now! on July 30, 2009

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