This editorial lays out the long-term physical and mental impact of the Iraq war on those who served.
The much awaited Chilcot report focused on the legitimacy of the UK going to war in Iraq. But the UK citizens most directly affected by the war were members of the armed forces and their families. A total of 179 British service personnel were killed in the conflict, and many more received life changing physical and mental injuries. The Ministry Of Defence reports a total of 5970 casualties, including deaths up to July 2009. In April 2003 the UK Ministry of Defence commissioned an independent study of the health and wellbeing of Iraq war veterans (Chilcot, 16.2, 58-). This study, now completing its third wave of data collection, compared military personnel who had or had not been to Iraq,
Greenberg, N., Bull, A. and Wessely, S., 2016. Chilcot: physical and mental legacy of Iraq war on UK service personnel.