Posted by: dohgonuniversity | August 24, 2009

V8-9

The possibility that more troops will be needed in Afghanistan presents the Obama administration with a new problem in dealing with a nearly 8-year-old war that has lost popularity at home, compounded by new questions over the credibility of the U.S.-backed Afghan government, which has just held an as-yet inconclusive presidential election beset by complaints of fraud.
http://www.mercurynews.com/nationworld/ci_13190040?nclick_check=1

Commanders have introduced the $117m initiative to help troops handle their stress before it becomes debilitating and leads to mental illness.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/6067128/US-army-spends-117m-on-soldiers-psychological-resilience.html

The answer is not some shrink that produces a fear of me in my fellow citizens and soldiers.  The answer is not removing my right of protection for fear I’ll go off on the innocent.  The answer is not in more mandatory classes teaching me what not to say.  The answer is not pity or financial donations.
http://waronterrornews.typepad.com/home/2009/08/confessions-of-a-warriorptsd.html

Researchers testing ways to treat the psychological wounds of war among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are encountering a serious roadblock: a shortage of willing study participants.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/08/24/few_iraq_afghanistan_veterans_willing_to_take_part_in_boston_vas_studies_on_post_traumatic_stress/

With a massive military drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan potentially on the horizon, lawyers for the veterans want a federal appeals court to order the Department of Veterans Affairs to make good on the nation’s commitment to take care of those wounded in mind as well as body.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/healthcare/la-me-veterans-suit24-2009aug24,0,1423297.story

Why are record number of soldiers killing themselves and others at home? While the military has implemented a number of new policies and programs to help returning soldiers adjust to civilian life, the killing has continued. Clearly symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are not being recognized and treated adequately and this affects their lives, their families and the communities they return home to. They have become direct and indirect casualties of this “war of terror.”
http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/117134.html

The United States Army has released a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder site.
http://www.behavioralhealth.army.mil/ptsd/index.html

Nearly all of the Pentagon’s counter-insurgency warfare doctrine has been based on distortions of the pirated theories of former president of the American Psychological Association, Prof. Martin Seligman.  Now we learn that post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) treatments for war veterans have been developed from his work as well.
http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2009/08/24/weaponizing-psychology/

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