A couple of years ago, I spoke at a storytelling competition about some Marines I'd known during our deployment in Iraq and my feelings on getting out of the Corps.
After I left the stage, an older woman in the crowd came up to me and, without asking, started rubbing my back. "It was very brave of you to tell that story," she said.
Those who served in Iraq had higher rates of PTSD than those who served in Afghanistan.
Later research has confirmed that to date, troops who served in Iraq are more likely to report mental health problems than troops who served in Afghanistan.