- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 7, 2004

BOSTON (AP) — Warfare was not the only reason soldiers sought counsel from Army Reserve Lt. Col. Bryan Kelly and his medical support team during their deployment to Iraq last year. The wonders of modern technology also took a toll.

E-mail and other communication help soldiers keep in touch with their families like never before, but they also leave them feeling helpless that they can’t fix problems at home they otherwise would not know about.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Col. Kelly, who stepped down Sunday as commander of the Army Reserve’s 883rd Medical Company, whose mission is to provide psychological support to Army soldiers. “The positive side is that they are able to maintain better contact, but the soldiers … can’t resolve the problems from where they are.”

Col. Kelly’s unit was deployed to the Middle East for six months, beginning in January 2003. From headquarters in Kuwait, he sent out six prevention teams at a time to educate soldiers about the stress of warfare and monitor them during conflicts.

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