Who doesn’t know that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a growing problem among troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan? I’ve written about the toll combat stress has taken on women warriors back from the post-9/11 wars and how what was once known as “shell shock” still haunts World War II veterans.
But today I went on HuffPost Live with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to talk about a new kind of combat stress: the toll on U.S.-based crews who remotely control drones thousands of miles away from the physical battlefield. They may get to go home to their families at night but the stress on these airmen is just as serious.
Read about the segment here and see what others are saying here.
And be sure to check out my perspective as a reporter who went to Utah to interview the surviving crew of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, and more recently to Colorado to talk to the next generation of drone pilots at the Air Force Academy.
In the days following the shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple, neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney visited the families of the victims. As HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin noted, this kind of political inattention can perpetuate Islamophobia and racism against brown people. Check out the conversation and read deeper here. And watch the segment below: