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The wounded platoon
Edge, Dan.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : PBS Video, [2010]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"On November 30, 2007, 24-year-old Kevin Shields went out drinking with three Army buddies from Fort Carson, Colo., a base on the outskirts of Colorado Springs. A few hours later, he was dead -- shot twice in the head at close range and left by the side of the road by his fellow soldiers. Shields' murder punctuated a string of violent attacks committed by the three, who are now serving time in prison for this and other crimes, and it contributed to a startling statistic: Since the Iraq war began, a total of 17 soldiers from Fort Carson have been charged with or convicted of murder, manslaughter or attempted murder committed at home in the United States, and 36 have committed suicide. In The Wounded Platoon, Frontline investigates a single Fort Carson platoon of infantrymen -- the 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry -- and finds, after a long journey, a group of young men changed by war and battling a range of psychiatric disorders that many blame for their violent and self-destructive behavior. Since returning from Iraq, three members of the 3rd Platoon have been convicted on murder or attempted murder charges; one has been jailed for drunk driving and another for assaulting his wife; and one has attempted suicide."-- Frontline website.
General Note:
Originally produced for public television broadcast on May 18, 2010.
1. Third Platoon's first year in Iraq -- 2. Fort Carson confronts a crisis -- 3. Third Platoon's second Iraq tour -- 4. "In Iraq, you've got to be numb" -- 5. Kenny Eastridge -- 6. Coming home -- 7. A reunion.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
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Frontline (Television program)
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Hamburg Library DVD 42959 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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The municipality of Colorado Springs, Colorado - an apparently charming community situated about an hour south of Denver - might seem an unlikely source of mass tumult. But the city in fact bears a dark connection to the Iraq War of the early 21st Century. A U.S. Army base called Fort Carson is situated in the immediate vicinity , and witnessed the suicides of 36 servicemen and 11 homicides during the Iraq War period. And nearly all of those slayings emerged from the same U.S.A.F. unit: Third Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry. But what events transpired in this unit to account for such horrors? As produced for the groundbreaking WGBH series Frontline and originally aired on PBS, this documentary program concurrently relays the horrifying tale of this drug and alcohol-riddled platoon, and asks unflinching, incisive questions about the mental, emotional and psychological impact of the Iraq War on ordinary young Americans - questions which lead to the inescapable conclusion that post-traumatic stress and repeat military tours of duty may returning an entire generation of servicemen to the homefront as deeply confused and tortured instruments of destruction. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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