PTSDrone

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.

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Over the Atlantic 2010

At the controls of an aging Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker plane as it gases up an F-22 Raptor during a training mission off the coast of Norfolk, Va. Things would get a little hairy later as we ran into mechanical problems that would cause us to abort the flight and come in for an uncertain landing at Andrews Air Force Base.

Read my account of a scary landing in a military plane built during the Eisenhower administration: Aging Air Force Tankers Fly on Leaky Wings and Prayers