Afghanistan Veteran Struggles To Cope With Life After Combat

The war in Afghanistan has come to an end but for so many veterans and their families another battle is just beginning. NBC News’ Richard Engel has the story of one man he first met 10 years ago.

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43 thoughts on “Afghanistan Veteran Struggles To Cope With Life After Combat

  1. I sometimes wonder if PTSD is at times just difficulty adjusting to civilian life. Sergeant Loftus spent his first four years as an adult toting a gun. And he exercised power over the people that he captured. He exercised power over men who were themselves fearsome.

    But in the civilian world there isn’t this level of do or die. A life or death situation during a combat situation, and then complete control over the prisoners once a battle is won.

    When she quoted him saying to her, “I’ve killed people more important than you“, tells me he had difficulty coping with the emotions of having disagreements with his wife. He only understood a do or die situation. Where the winner takes all and takes complete control.

  2. Theres so many of our troops who went to Afghanistan fought and bled for americas freedoms just to see biden opening the gates and allowing so many of them who hate western culture, thank you to all the men and women who fought for my freedoms

  3. Two months after losing a 20 year war that cost $300M a day, US arms dealers are back on the gravy train making submarines for Australia.

    America bombed Muslims in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen.

    Meanwhile the US Infrastructure bill is still being argued and Japan's oldest bullet trains from 1964 still embarrass the US.

    7 children now, no weapons of mass destruction then. US intelligence?

  4. I remember when Obama was president and wanted to end the war.
    The Republicans went nuts crying and angry that ,if they came home there would be no jobs.
    So the military stayed and hundreds more troops were killed more of our men and women are suffering because Republicans didn't want to bring them home to their families.
    So I have two words to say to all Republicans.
    F you.

  5. I also conclude that what keeps soldiers in the field going (and gives them the appearance of stable behavior in the face of horrific events) is the sense of comradeship with their fellow soldiers. There's a sense of mutual dependency and sacrifice. Once they return home, as this guy did, that network is gone and they are left alone with their nightmares and they frequently turn to mechanisms to numb that. His wife was wonderful but his psychic damages put him at such an elevated risk that it ended his life. That's quite tragic.

  6. I'm a female with CPTSD and wasn't in the Military. People take mental health for granted and I'm that person who did. Don't know if I'll ever be ok in my life. I have therapy once a week and it helps to say how I feel. I'm learning to manage coping strategies but been told I will always have CPTSD cause I'm 42 years old now.

  7. HEY NBC, YOU NEVER DARE TO TELL THE TRUTH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. US GOV./CIA IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS FAMILY. IT WAS US GOV. WHO STARTED THIS SO-CALLED WAR, WHEN US GOV./CIA ARMED/ SUPPORTED/ FUNDED TALIBAN TO FIGHT THE SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN. THE REST IS HISTORY. BUT YOU WILL NOT DARE TO TELL THAT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. US GOV. STARTED THE WHOLE THING. IRON9CALLY SOVIET UNION INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN, HAPPENED A FEW MONTHS AFTER US GOV./CIA 1979 IRAN REGIME CHANGE. WE DID THIS TO IRAN, THEN WE CREATED THE TALIBAN TO FIGHT THE SOVIETS, THEN TALIBAN 9/11 HAPPENED. NEVER MIND ALL THE ISLAMIC HORROR THEY BROUGHT TO AFGAN PEOPLE..US GOV./CIA DID NOT STOP THERE. WE HAVE BEEN DOING MANY REGIME CHANGES /COUPS SINCE THEN. SO THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE DIED, TO FIGHT SOCIALISM? IT'S UP TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO END THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL EMPIRE. SAVE YOUR SAD SOBBY STORIES, FOR CHILDREN BOOKS.

  8. This is essentially a story about heroin addiction and overdose not about coping with life after combat since he himself stated he loved the time he spent in Afghanistan. It appears he missed the rush of playing soldier for real and video games couldn't replace it so he amp it up using heroin until he OD'd.

  9. The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan took place in the context of the Doha Agreement signed on 29 February 2020 by the Trump administration and the Taliban. The agreement made by the Trump administration and the Taliban also called for the release of 5,000 Taliban members who were in Afghan prisons. A Congressional Research Service report said the release was completed in September 2020. 🤔

  10. Most veterans are questioning the sacrifice they've made after watching illegitimate CCP intelligence agency asset Biden throw away all the gains we spent 20 years making and arming the Taliban. Active service moral is low because the illegitimate regime is incompetent and decidedly anti American.

  11. I am crushing myself to serve and serve! So for how long Middle Class is supposed to suffer for the Rich and High Class? They have been cutting $300 taxes from my every paycheck and I have been working seven days a week to be able to survive! So where is your Justice???

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