Collateral damage: War veterans struggle to fit back into society
According to a report released by The Fayetteville Observer, there are now more than 1.7 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of those, one in five is expected to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. Some of those veterans turn to alcohol or drugs; more and more wind up on the streets.
Army veteran Joshua Crowell is one of those statistics. Homeless and feeling helpless, Joshua Crowell called Veterans Affairs to say he felt like killing himself, The Fayetteville Observer reports.
Crowell says many people don't believe him when he tells them he's a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. 'Sad thing is, I'd rather be there than here,' he recently told The Fayetteville Observer.
Read more about veterans' struggle to fit back into society from The Fayetteville Observer.