The Top 5 News Stories You Might Be Hearing a Lot About Soon

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It is sometimes easy to pinpoint when a giant story began: major news stories can commence with something dramatic like an assassination or an earthquake, or they can be touched off by something heartening like a birth or a life-saving medical breakthrough. On the other hand, some of the biggest news stories take time to grow and develop. We might not notice a small outbreak of disease in a rural community until it has spread to nearby cities just the same as we might not pay much attention to a junior senator from Illinois until he makes a major speech and finds himself on a track aimed at the White House. These five “stories” may fizzle into nothing, or they might grab front page headlines.
The Top 5 News Stories You Might Be Hearing a Lot About Soon

5The Wounds of War

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We are set to withdraw most combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, having had “boots on the ground” for almost thirteen years, AKA America’s longest military engagement. If current statistics show us anything, that conflict is going to stay with us for a lot longer than thirteen years in its lingering effects on the people who served there. The same can be said of the war in Iraq, as well as the other war in Iraq, the Balkans conflicts, Vietnam, and so on: as of late 2012, war veterans accounted for nearly 20% of American suicides, while representing only 7% of the population. Many more vets are affected by PTSD than will ever be touched by bullets or shrapnel.

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