Military Keeps Distressed Soldiers at Combat Site

FORWARD OPERATING BASE BOSTICK, Afghanistan (AP) - The army is
increasingly trying to deal with traumatized soldiers suffering combat stress "in theater" - where they're stationed.

The idea is that soldiers will heal best if kept with those who understand what they've been through.

Treating soldiers on site also makes it easier to send them back into battle - key for a stretched military fighting two wars.

But challenges include ensuring soldiers get the proper treatment in the middle of war, monitoring those on antidepressants and sleeping pills, and deciding who can be kept in a war zone and who might snap.

Terri Tanielian of the RAND Corp. think tank says there isn't a lot of research and "there isn't necessarily a magic formula that says who's going to go back and be okay and who isn't."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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