Study: Returning Combat Vets Show Increased Road Rage


A regional Midwest study showed that, compared to troops who did not deploy, returning U.S. combat veterans had a tough time re-adapting to driving outside of conflict zones. While the study was blind to medical conditions — meaning the role played by issues like post traumatic stress disorder could not be determined — combat vets were “more anxious behind the wheel and displayed significantly worse driving behavior than soldiers who did not deploy,” according to the website Daily Press. The New York Times reported this month that “erratic driving by returning troops is being identified as a symptom of traumatic brain injury or [PTSD] and coming under greater scrutiny amid concerns about higher accident rates among veterans.”