Posted by: dohgonuniversity | August 15, 2009

V8-5

We fell apart, many years ago, because we looked for different things in different places.  We are black, we are white, we are union, we are anti-union, we are everything America is and pretending that we should all think the same and care about the same things is not working.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=8264

The Pentagon presented a grim portrait of the Afghanistan war Thursday, offering no assurances about how long Americans will be fighting there or how many U.S. combat troops it will take to win.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090813/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_gates_afghanistan

The psychiatric bed shortage will almost certainly worsen as we enter the second decade of this century. Clearly, there are no easy solutions to this problem. We would like to see a task force created by the various state mental health organizations to address this issue.
http://www.cmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090814/OPINION/908140306/1028/OPINION02

Soldiers maintain a higher standard.  They learn that nothing is insurmountable, so when the mountain falls on top of them, it can be rather difficult for their psyche.
http://waronterrornews.typepad.com/home/2009/08/combatting-a-rising-suicide-rate.html

The American Academy of Pediatrics calls what military children deal with a “…a complex psychosocial burden.” The children “experience ambiguous loss and stress, often beyond normative levels, that may become toxic if not detected and addressed in a timely manner.”
http://www.collegenews.com/index.php?/article/soldiers_deployments_found_to_profoundly_affect_children_09094903903903/

“America’s mental health service delivery system is in shambles.”
http://www.miller-mccune.com/health/mental-problems-1401

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  1. It would dramatically help if the service member could actually get help in the combat environment in the first place. The so called “Combat Stress” facilities do little more than create further animosity in the individual by forcing the Unit to provide allotted time for them to attend a session of therapy with them which in turn has to be repaid by the individual for inconveniencing others duty schedules for a “wimp” “loser” “wussy” etc. Then when the deployment is over the therapy is either not followed up on by local medical staff. If the individual stays in, or is forced on them as a form of continued punishment in hopes to end their careers or lastly if they seperate from service is not considered for medical retirement or seperation and not followed up on by VA or Civillian Medical personnel until the individual developes more serious often legal problems as the result of their inability to cope with readjustment and life in general.
    Then we have the VA whose Therapist and Phyciatrist and other medical personnel pretend to want to help but whose only solution accross the board the moment a veteran cries out for mental health assistance is to load them up on anti-depressants then tell them they are fine that nothing else outside of depression is wrong with them. Soldiers, Marine, Airmen etc. who have seen heavy fighting and loss of life who cannot sleep, are aggitated by the smallest issue, cannot focus on anything, are only depressed when they as individuals know their problems run deeper. They tell the VA staff but they won’t even write what they tell them in their medical records so when they attempt to make a claim of PTSD they are denied for lack of evidence and lack of a diagnosis and yet they are being medicated for it! It is a contradiction in and of itself! I fortunately caught the C&P Physician who denied my claim for PTSD medicating me for PTSD a week later when she replaced my regular Physcologist. I asked her why she was prescribing me the meds and she said, “for your PTSD” . I took it and went home, called my Service Officer and told him what happened and approximately 2 weeks later the BVA over turned their ruling on me and granted me compensation for my claim of PTSD. I didn’t see that doctor after that!


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