War Never Ends

The number of former servicemen in prison or on probation or parole is now more than double the total British deployment in Afghanistan, according to a new survey. An estimated 20,000 veterans are in the criminal justice system, with 8,500 behind bars, almost one in 10 of the prison population.

The proportion of those in prison who are veterans has risen by more than 30% in the last five years.

The study by the probation officers’ union Napo uncovers the hidden cost of recent conflicts. The snapshot survey of 90 probation case histories of convicted veterans shows a majority with chronic alcohol or drug problems, and nearly half suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression as a result of their wartime experiences on active service.

Those involved had served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. They are most likely to have been convicted of a violent offence, particularly domestic violence.

The study provides the strongest evidence yet of a direct link between the mental health of those returning from combat zones, chronic alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.

In many cases the symptoms of depression or stress did not become apparent for many years and included persistent flashbacks and nightmares.

MORE (ht2 Earwicga)


6 Responses to “War Never Ends”

  1. opit Says:

    You may have seen ‘Starship Troopers’ at the movies and taken it for another glorification of fascism. Actually, Robert Heinlein wrote stories about veterans being ‘screwed by the system’ as exposes via SF. Cautionary tales are often believed to be ‘fiction’…and hint strongly at truth.
    I did a little synopsis of ‘the usual suspects’ the other day

  2. RickB Says:

    I though Troopers was less satirical than its film, Verhoeven & Neumeier made it explicitly a satire of militarism & fascism.

  3. ralfast Says:

    The question is still open as Heinlein was all over the place when it came to politics. He was a very weird fellow to say the least.

    Verhoeven & Neumeier went for the satire with full gusto, although I think Robocop was an even better satire of militarism/corporatisim/and the American way. Brilliant choice in using Detroit as a setting.

  4. opit Says:

    Robocop I assumed was a later work.
    To say Heinlein was weird is no more than trite. I read most of the Howard Family/Lazarus Long novels. By the time Number of the Beast rolled out, he was writing for Alzheimer’s readers.

  5. ralfast Says:

    Robocop was an ealier by Verhoven (late 80s, not mid 90s as ST). I mainatin my opinion of Heinlein, which doesn’t make his body of work less interesting.

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