COMING HOME: SOLDIERS AND DRUGS� BRIAN ROSS' EXCLUSIVE
INVESTIGATION, ON ABC NEWS' "20/20," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Also: John Stossel Says "ENOUGH!" to Fake Doo Wop Groups
� Is it a Sophisticated Form of Identity Theft?
And: Jim Avila Reports on a Teenage Boy Who Was Allegedly Raped in Dubai
Plus: Faux Real? Celebrity Photos Tweak Our Obsession
They were prepared for war. They were prepared to die for their country. But soldiers back from the war in Iraq say they weren't prepared to fight a different battle -- addiction to illegal drugs. A "20/20" investigation reveals that many of this country's bravest men and women who volunteered to defend America in a time of war have come home wounded -- physically and mentally -- and are turning to illicit drugs as they adjust to normal life. ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross' exclusive investigation, "Coming Home: Soldiers and Drugs," airs on "20/20," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The U.S. military maintains the percentage of soldiers abusing drugs is extremely small and has not increased as a result of Iraq. However, veterans advocates and soldiers told ABC News that drug abuse in the military is a growing problem.
"Lots of soldiers coming back from Iraq have been using drugs," said Spc. William Swenson, who was deployed to Iraq from Fort Carson, just outside of Colorado Springs. "Right when we got back, there were people using cocaine in the barracks; there were people smoking marijuana at strip clubs; one guy started shooting up," he said. ABC News spoke to more than a dozen soldiers who described widespread abuse of illegal drugs by service members back from the war.
The report was conducted as a joint project with the nonprofit Carnegie Corporation in which 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 students' assignment was to get the unofficial side of the story from soldiers, young men of their own generation. This is the third year of the joint project. The 2007 ABC News � Carnegie Fellows are: Robert Lewis from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Kate McCarthy from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Mansi Mehan from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government Graduate Program, David Schneider from University of Missouri-Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Angela Hill from City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism, and Donnie Forti from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Journalism
Also: Jim Avila has an exclusive U.S. television interview with a French boy who says not only was he raped while in Dubai this past summer, but that authorities suggested he willingly had sex with his attackers because he was homosexual... and also neglected to inform him or his parents that one of his attackers had tested positive for HIV four years earlier. The authorities dispute that they would have charged him with criminal homosexual activity -- and say it was the initial doctor, not the prosecutor, whose medical report suggested he was gay.
And: John Stossel says "ENOUGH!" You know the music� the doo wop era of the �50s and �60s gave us so many famous songs and famous groups, including The Coasters, The Drifters and The Platters. They continue to live on with performances nationwide. But wait � the majority of these doo wop groups performing today have no members of the original 1950s and 1960s recording groups. There are still surviving members of these groups performing, but they say they are underbid by the fakes, who deprive them of jobs. Also, they say that consumers who want to pay tribute to the groups they love are cheated. Stossel talks to Jon Bauman ("Bowzer" of Sha Na Na), who is working through the Vocal Group Hall of Fame to pass Truth in Music laws to remedy this. Eighteen states have passed these laws so far.
"20/20" also accompanies real Drifter Charlie Thomas as he confronts the members of a bogus Drifters group at a New York City show.
Plus: At first glance, the grainy photos look like a paparazzo's dream come true � Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, to name a few, in embarrassing situations. If they seem too amazing to be true, that's because they're not. They're the creations of art photographer Alison Jackson, whose images of celebrity look-alikes in staged photographs have outraged both stars and fans. Jackson's latest works in her just-released second book have some critics wondering whether she's gone too far. But she defends her notion of image and celebrity. "My work is meant to be thought provoking," she tells "20/20." "I'm trying to raise questions about our voyeuristic society, that we have to idolize them like saints." JuJu Chang reports.
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.