This is incredibly sad   2 comments

From Bloomberg.com:

The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government’s top psychiatric researcher said.

Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven’t provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He briefed reporters today at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Washington.

Insel echoed a Rand Corporation study published last month that found about 20 percent of returning U.S. soldiers have post- traumatic stress disorder or depression, and only half of them receive treatment. About 1.6 million U.S. troops have fought in the two wars since October 2001, the report said. About 4,560 soldiers had died in the conflicts as of today, the Defense Department reported on its Web site.

Support our troops, indeed.

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Posted May 6, 2008 by padraic2112 in news, politics

2 responses to “This is incredibly sad

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  1. Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. Vietnam saw 50,000 US combat deaths with triple that in veteran suicides in the following decade. The fact is the armed forces specifically the Army and Marine Corps do a great job of creating killers and teaching young men and women to release their killer instinct. They do not, however, do such a good job of teaching these people how to successfully integrate back into society. Especially after seeing and/or being scarred by combat.

    “I am a veteran of 1000 psychic wars.”

    Please, don’t let these shakes go on…

  2. Remember those years when, while totally sympathetic, certain persons we know threw Uncle Mike under the bus for not “manning up” while they simultaneously cursed their own father and did not see the parallel. A man who survived untold horrors to survive and birth five children whom he subsequently did untold damage to because of his experiences?

    Gawd. The horror of war. And Liam is right in the wheelhouse to get drafted. Someone pierce his eardrums for me right now.

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