'Harassment' by civilians led border troops to suffer stress

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A significant number of former soldiers who were based along the border during the Northern "Troubles" later suffered from stress-related problems, according to a report published yesterday.

And harassment by local civilians was blamed as the most common cause of stress among the military.

The study, commissioned by Onet, the organisation for ex-servicemen and women, found that many of them had been prescribed medication as a result of nervous disorders.

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