five years after the end of the Afghanistan deployment, the number of the trauma of the War affected soldiers remains high. 2018 was diagnosed with 182 of them in a use-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The diagnoses are twelve more than in 2017, as the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”, referring to the medical service of the Bundeswehr reported.

frequently Affected were the first years after the triggering event “one of our many ways to help true,” said a spokesman for the defense Ministry. Overall, in the last year 279 of the soldiers use-related psychiatric disorders had been diagnosed, such as depression. In 2017, there were 274 cases. Only cases that are treated in Bundeswehr facilities – the actual number is likely to be even higher.

Many of the soldiers would report later, “because until today, PTSD as a physical injury is considered to be,” said Hans-Peter Bartels, a defense Commissioner of the Bundestag. Many of the soldiers, the diseases are now chronic, and it is questionable whether the Bundeswehr could meet the existing need for treatment.

The combat mission of Nato in Afghanistan ended in 2014. It was, for the moment, largest and most expensive foreign mission of the Bundeswehr, which took 13 years and cost nearly nine billion euros. Up to 5350 soldiers in the country. The balance sheet of the insert was sober.

Until today, the Bundeswehr has stationed up to 1300 soldiers in Afghanistan, to support the training of the country’s own armed forces. A the end of the Mission was in sight. On Tuesday, the military officer Bartels presents his annual report.

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