[AMP-L] Afghanistan War Cause Surge In Double Amputees Among U.S.
wayne at renardson.org
Mon May 30 16:13:32 PDT 2011
American soldiers and Marines walking combat patrols in Afghanistan
have suffered a surge of gruesome injuries, losing one or both legs
and often their genitals to crude homemade bombs Taliban insurgents
bury in dirt roads and pathways.
In some cases, American military surgeons tell The Huffington Post,
these traumatic amputations occur so close to soldiers' hips that it
is difficult to fit prosthetic legs, severely limiting the patients'
future mobility and rehabilitation. In addition, the loss of sexual
function for formerly healthy young men in their early 20s causes
severe anxiety and depression and can wreck new marriages.
The latest wave of severe injuries comes after Gen. David Petraeus
ordered U.S. troops in Afghanistan last year to get out of their
protective armored vehicles and start walking. "Patrol on foot
whenever possible and engage the population," he directed in guidance
to his troops last August.
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