Seventeen US soldiers from a Colorado military base who mostly served in Iraq have been linked to violent killings and attempted killings since their return to US soil. Three of them came from one platoon - highlighting how a generation of American soldiers are struggling to cope with life after military service. "I was having a total mental breakdown. Every day we were getting in battles, and never having a break, it seemed like, it was just crazy. "I just got to where I couldn't take it. I tried to go to mental health, and they put me on all kinds of meds, too. And I was still going out on missions... they tried different medications, different doses, and nothing worked." Kenny Eastridge was a decorated gunner, but is now serving 10 years in prison for his role in the murder of fellow soldier Kevin Shields in Colorado Springs. In November 2007, Eastridge along with two other soldiers, Louis Bressler and Bruce Bastien, were out drinking in a nightclub with Mr Shields after returning from a rough combat tour in Baghdad. Drunk and stoned, they drove off to find more alcohol. Minutes later, Specialist Kevin Shields lay dead, gunned down in a drunken argument, and left in a pool of blood by the side of the road. Bressler and Bastien were sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder and a string of other crimes in Colorado Springs. Kevin Shields' murder was not a unique case. At Fort Carson military base, 17 soldiers have been charged or convicted of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter in the past four years. BBC News - Fort Carson soldiers' killing spree after Iraq combat So basically because of the stress of combat soldiers are coming back psychotic lunatics. Was this not a problem in the World wars? Yes, veterans got shellshock, what we now know as PTSD and other mental scars, but did they go about shooting pregnant women at parties etc? is this generation (both in the USA and the UK) mentally weaker? Was PTSD just as common during/after WW2 yet hidden better? Perhaps this platoon, and the US Army in general just reflects society in general. A society were the 'yoof' off each other in record numbers, drive bys, gang culture etc But if society as a whole is de-sensitised towards violence why has intense combat in Iraq and Afghanistan fucked some soldiers up so much? As a disclaimer I am by no means making fun of, mocking or suggesting anything about anyone unfortunate enough to be suffering from PTSD or any other mental issue. Just curious as to the cause of this particular platoons outrageous and criminal behaviour and the state of returnings troops in general.