Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

War insane.

Pfc. Tyrone Roper killed eight Iraqis during his stay in Iraq, and came home a decorated soldier. Not all is well, however. He's gone AWOL, leaving his base, his wife, his six-year-old daughter Passion, and his three-year-old son Deja. What he can't run away from are the nightmares and the guilt. He's left with an acheing loneliness that doesn't go away, even around those who care about him. He's afraid a lot. He's turned to drinking to cope. He's scaring himself.

Pfc. Roper is one of the over 478 US soldiers sent home from Iraq for psychiatric reasons. If past events are any indication, many former soldiers will either live shattered lives or go on to commit suicide. Many more will suffer in silence. Yet another hidden cost of war...

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