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Century Marks

Occupational hazards, etc.
Occupational hazards: Although military chaplains do not engage in combat, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are taking a toll on chaplains. None have been killed but some have been wounded, and others have posttraumatic stress disorder, including Richard E. Brunk Jr., a 57-year-old Lutheran minister, who was wounded after serving in Iraq only a month. As a consequence of a blast in Baghdad during a service, he now must cope with brain trauma, posttraumatic stress and depression. About 10 percent of the army’s 2,500 chaplains are in Iraq or Afghanistan at any given time (New York Times, May 29).


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