Recent Study Shows Nearly 20 Percent Of Soldiers Back From War Suffering With PTSD Or Depression

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Tech Sgt. Jesse Bascombe spent about 7 months in Iraq. Bascombe says it's no secret that soldiers are suffering.

"Over there in Iraq, a lot of people suffer from PTSD and things of that nature, we did a lot of court marshals with people who had PTSD so I saw the effects on the soldiers over there," says Tech Sgt. Bascombe.

Bascombe says yes it's a problem, but says it is one that's being addressed at Moody Air Force Base.

"I know that there are many people that come back with the symptoms, we like to think that we have a very good program in place here at Moody Air Force Base to minimize the traumatic impact of war," says Major John Bowers.

A soldier and his or her family are educated before a deployment. They're told what symptoms they should look out for, like nightmares or irritability. Moody officials say seeking treatment for these symptoms is a sign of strength not a weakness.

"We definitely focus on the readjustment process when people come back that there may be some even if they weren't exposed to anything traumatic over there, it's very difficult at times to come back and just pick up where you left off," says Major Bowers.

Moody officials say airmen are monitored for at least 4 days after a deployment ends and a post-deployment health assessment is completed.

"I think what you had in Vietnam, you had individuals living on the streets and whatnot, and I think the military's doing everything they can to counter that so it doesn't happen again," added Tech Sgt. Bascombe.