By SARAH M. RIVETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009
FORT DRUM — The military leadership here took the conversation about combat stress back 2,500 years Wednesday night to the time of Sophocles and the age of the Trojan War.
The point was to show that cases of soldier’s heart, shell shock or post-traumatic stress disorder — names from different eras of the same malady — transcends time and advances in warfare.
“This is an ageless phenomenon and we are just starting to take a scientific look at it,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, the rear detachment commander for the division and post. “We’ve called it different things, but these soldiers are facing the stresses never faced before.”
The presentation was brought to Fort Drum by Walter Reed Army Medical Center to help start conversations on soldier and family reintegration after a deployment. The two-hour presentation has been shown at various military bases throughout the country, but Fort Drum is the first Army post to participate.