Posted by: dohgonuniversity | October 2, 2009


Family fears Circle Pines Marine won’t get treatment after being whisked to N.C.

By Tad Vezner

Military mother Jamie Hafterson has one thought about her U.S. Marine son getting treatment at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I don’t think they’re going to treat him,” said Hafterson, a member of the Minnesota Patriot Guard. “Civilian is civilian, and military is military — especially with the few and the proud.”
Pvt. Travis Hafterson, of Circle Pines, who had been AWOL for roughly a month and a half — which, after 30 days, officially made him a deserter — turned himself in at Fort Snelling on Monday. The hope of his family and attorney was that he would receive psychiatric treatment in Minnesota and then be sent to Camp Lejeune for punishment, which he accepted.
Instead, Hafterson, 21, was released to the military from Ramsey County Jail on Thursday morning and taken to Camp Lejeune. Read More…

Also in the news:
Marine gets loss of rank in shooting
Except for the loss of a couple of stripes, Marine Sgt. Jermaine Nelson won’t suffer further punishment for his execution-style slaying of a detainee during the November 2004 battle of Fallujah, Iraq.
A military judge yesterday sentenced Nelson to 150 days in the brig and reduced his rank to lance corporal, but the prison term was suspended because of a pretrial agreement. In that arrangement, Nelson pleaded guilty to two charges of dereliction of duty and prosecutors dropped a charge of murder.
Nelson, 28, doesn’t have to leave the Marine Corps. During the trial, he had apologized for killing the detainee but said he was simply following a superior’s orders.
He cried at the defense table after the sentencing and later said he was satisfied with the result.

Soldiers telling PTSD stories will decrease treatment stigma
It will take Soldiers telling about their successful treatment of post traumatic stress disorder to begin breaking down the stigma that prevents other troops from seeking care, said Brig. Gen. Colleen McGuire.

PTSD: New War on an Old Foe
Big changes underway at the VA could mean better treatment for thousands of vets. A bureaucracy in transition.

Ret. Chaplain: PTSD across military & civilian communities
A chaplain in the heart of military country is tackling one of the biggest problems facing service men and women: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The problem stretches equally across the military and civilian populations.
When it comes to PTSD, Lt. Col (Ret.) Chaplain Charles Smith of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Havelock wants to dispel a myth. He says you don’t have to go to war to have a problem.

PTSD does not meet criteria for occupational disease
Ruling: The Washington Court of Appeals ruled that the worker’s claim was properly denied, as his mental condition did not meet the criteria for an occupational disease which would extend the deadline for filing a claim.

Sedatives may slow recovery from trauma
GIVING sleeping pills to soldiers and earthquake victims is common practice, yet it could be doing more harm than good. That’s the suggestion from a study of traumatised rats, which seemed to show that the drugs suppressed the rodent’s natural mechanisms for coping with trauma.

No Purple Heart for PTSD
The Pentagon recently decided not to award the Purple Heart to military personnel who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of combat. This has been an issue of significant contention within the military community due to there being a variety of opinions on the issue. One side believes that soldiers deserve recognition for their wounds, be they physical or mental. The other side argues that the venerability of this award would be eroded by the influx of recipients who do not necessarily suffer as a direct result of the actions of the enemy.

Unemployment Rate at 90%
The nationwide unemployment rate among people with a mental illness is 90 percent. Unlike the nation’s overall unemployment rate, this rate will most likely not improve significant as the economy rebounds.

Iraq Veteran back  in Connecticut after Arrest at G-20 Summit
An Iraq veteran-turned-protester was back in Connecticut Wednesday after agreeing to a deal in a Pennsylvania courtroom that could lead to the dismissal of charges from his arrest at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh last week.
Former Army Sgt. Jeff Bartos, a Central Connecticut State University student who co-founded Iraq Veterans Against the War, was one of almost 200 people arrested during the two-day meeting of world leaders.


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