“It really hit me,” says Taylor. “I’m going to do this one day. She’s going to do this for 365 days, so I can very much understand why the people coming back from that conflict have had very serious emotional and psychological problems.”
So he’s not surpirsed by the findings of a newly released Pentagon survey of troops that found one-third of those in combat report anxiety, depression and acute stress. And those deployed more than six months or multiple times were more likely to screen positive for a mental health issue. That’s something Taylor says most soldiers won’t readily admit.