The US military has begun to grapple with the mental and emotional strains endured by Air Force personnel who may never come face to face with a Taliban insurgent or take fire, but still may be responsible for taking lives or putting their own colleagues in mortal danger. While they are far away from the gritty combat in Afghanistan, the analysts in the cavernous room at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia relive the explosions, the carnage and the vivid after-battle assessments of the bombings over and over again. The repeated exposure to death and destruction rolling across their computer screens is taking its own special toll on their lives. Now, for the first time, an Air Force chaplain and a psychologist are walking the floor of the operations centre at Langley, offering counselling and stress relief to the airmen who scrutinise the war from afar.
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