16 Nov 2007

American Samoan Congressman speaks about Iraq war issues

3:10 pm on 16 November 2007

The American Samoan member of the US Congress says he shares concerns about the well-being of Iraq war veterans but says their troubles are the inevitable consequence of war.

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin was speaking amid concern about the divorce and suicide rate among soldiers.

The congressman says it is typical of the male Samoan mentality to be too proud to seek help.

But he urged soldiers to make use of services at the American Samoan veterans' clinic.

"It seems to be the most common situation facing many of our soldiers who become very regressive, and it's the quiet ones that we are really concerned about, and problems with the high divorce rates. This happens all the time in a situation when our country is faced with a war."

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin