Those auxiliary military features included CBS' Lee Cowan at Fort Hood on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He found that female soldiers are vulnerable to PTSD, even though, by law, they are confined to a support role rather than battlefield combat. As many as one third of the women returning from Iraq report symptoms of mental illness: "Hardest is the transition from soldier back to mother and caregiver."
ABC continued its occasional series on The Homefront by sending Erin Hayes (subscription required) to Fort Bragg, home of the 82nd Airborne. Those soldiers are rapid-reaction troops so they do not have orderly schedule for deployments. Wives and children and fiancees always have to be ready to say goodbye at the drop of a hat. "They shipped to Kuwait last week. They had been given about a week's notice…Uncertainty is hard."
And CBS assigned Byron Pitts to file part three of its weeklong Honor & Sacrifice series. He visited the Expeditionary Warfare School at Quantico Va where Marine Corps officers are taught combat leadership techniques. Pitts profiled lecturer George Schreffler, now a major, who had been covered by Pitts himself as a captain back in 2003 on the road to Baghdad. Schreffler's rule of thumb for performing properly on the battlefield: "There are no particular pats on the back for doing things right."
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