Frontline’s Wounded Platoon explores the impact of the Iraq War on soldiers

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, PBS’ Frontline tells the stories of the men and women of the Colorado Springs, Colo., Army base Fort Carson, who’ve been involved in at least 17 murders and 36 suicides since the start of the Iraq War. As PBS describes it, the documentary The Wounded Platoon is

“a story of heroism, grief, vicious combat, depression, drugs, alcohol and brutal murder; an investigation into the Army’s mental health services; and a powerful portrait of what multiple tours and post-traumatic stress are doing to a generation of young American soldiers.”

This excerpt speaks for itself (and includes a bit of graphic language):

Frontline: The Wounded Platoon [PBS]

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