On its “Federal Eye” blog, the Washington Post (8/17, Vogel) reported that, according to a study (pdf) conducted by the Naval Health Research Center and published in May in the journal BMC Psychiatry, “women who deploy to combat zones may be more susceptible to psychiatric disorders than men.” Researchers arrived at that conclusion after analyzing data from surveys completed by 1,113 Marines having returned from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan during the years 2007 and 2008.
PTSD Diagnosis No Barrier To Army Redeployment. The Washington Post (8/18, Sieff) reported that “a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder [PSTD] is not a barrier to being redeployed” by the US Army to Afghanistan. According to the Post, “the Army has knowingly redeployed soldiers with symptoms of PTSD” and “is now regularly embedding psychologists with units in the field.”
— “Do female combat vets face added mental health risks?, “Steve Vogel, The Washington Post, August 16, 2013.