Stonewalled at Fort Bragg

By Angela Hill And Donnie Forti

Nov 29, 2007 9:32am

Editor’s Note from Brian Ross: In the third year of a joint project with the nonprofit Carnegie Corporation, six leading graduate school journalism students were again selected to spend the summer working with the ABC News investigative unit.

This year’s project involved an examination of whether, as happened in the wake of the Vietnam War, Iraqi war veterans were turning to drugs as a result of the trauma and pain of war.

The U.S. military maintains the percentage of soldiers abusing drugs is extremely small and has not increased as a result of Iraq.

The students’ assignment was to get the unofficial side of the story from soldiers, young men of their own generation.

Today’s report is the fourth in a series of five reports. Growing numbers of Fort Bragg soldiers are buying illegal drugs, often from crime-ridden neighborhoods located minutes off post, according to soldiers and security guards familiar with the drug scene.  But it’s not something Army or civilian officials want to talk about. Base commanders, Army substance abuse counselors and the local police chief all refused repeated interview requests by ABC News to discuss potential drug abuse issues among Fort Bragg soldiers.

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