Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Quotation for Today: War Is Hell And So Is Coming Home

“My whole driving behavior changed. I live in a state of anxiety when I’m driving.”
Susan Max

Ms. Max, an Army reservist who served in Iraq, loved driving around Northern California in her maroon Mustang before going to war in Iraq. Now, she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D.) as a result of her combat duties and that is affecting her ability to drive a car.  

Ms. Max is not alone in her sufferings from P.T.S.D. and its injurious effects on a combat veteran's ability to operate an automobile, and possibly other electrical/mechanical devices. 

Automobile driving seems to be an ordeal for thousands of other combat veterans. This erratic driving by returning combat veterans is being attributed to the effects of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dao, James. "Back From War, Fear and Danger Fill Driver’s Seat." The New York Times 10 January, 2012: online edition.

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