Troops Learn Deadly Driving Habits While Deployed (Video)
Monday, June 18, 2012
Car accidents are a leading cause of death for returning troops - taking even more lives than suicide, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Enlisted military members were 22% more likely to cause a wreck after returning home from deployment than before they left, compared to a 10% increased risk for noncommissioned officers and a 3.5% increased risk for officers.
But once service members had been home for six months — and had time to readjust to the rules of the American road — those accident rates declined.
Former Army specialist Brad Hammond told USAA that the combative way he learned to drive in Iraq was hard to shake once he returned home.
"My driving style and the way we were taught was to be purely 100% aggressive. [We tried to] get from point A to point B as quickly as possible with the least amount of our casualties as possible. It was get going, be there yesterday."
The Fox station in Houston put together an interesting TV feature on troops on the road after returning home. It's at the top of this post.