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Criminal Behavior Consequent to War

Much has been written about the financial burden that the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused the United States as well as the signature injuries of the wars: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury. An area that has gained relatively little attention is the lasting effect that prolonged combat will have on many members of the armed services and their families.

The experience of armed combat changes an individual in ways that cannot be fully predicted. Though growth can occur as a result of this experience, more commonly the effect is psychological injury that can arrest growth and cause disturbances in the person's ability to function at a normal level. Help is available to those who are identified or step

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