Filed under: deep thoughts, Fail, i'm not mad. i'm just disappointed., just saying..., politics!, Science, shame shame shame, Tragedy | Tags: Civil Rights, Feelings, Idiots, mental health, soldiers/veterans, stuff .m. likes, weekend
i read a series of artices on salon.com a few months ago called Coming Home. the stories of soldiers’ suicides and struggles with PTSD were infuriating and incredibly sad. in addition to overcoming the stigma of admitting a soldier is dealing with PTSD, a traumatized soldier or a soldier under duress must deal with the U.S. government systematically refusing to treat soldiers for PTSD and other mental conditions caused by or exacerbated by extended tours and numerous tours in the Middle East.
if the people in our government are serious about supporting the troops, mental health care counts just as much as physical health care. as too many troops and their families have found, a mental trauma can be just as deadly and destructive as a physical injury.
sincerely, if you have the time to read Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna’s series, it’s well worth your while. mental care for these veterans affects their immediate future, as well as their long-term future. there are too many homeless veterans and too many veterans that are left alone to cope with their PTSD.
politicians think that the mental health of these veterans and soldiers can be easily cut for expediency’s sake and that, because their wounds are not physical, it will go unnoticed. more people should speak up and say that they see what’s going on and aren’t going to accept it.
as stated in the series, the suicide rate in the U.S military has been increasing for the past 4 years. this is unacceptable. these people put their lives at risk for us. we have the resources and knowledge to help these people; we must hold our government accountable. this must be considered a cost of this war. a life lost is a life lost, no matter who takes it. and these soldiers and veterans deserve much better than they have been getting.
hopefully the Obama administration will step up and take care of the soldiers’ and veterans’ mental health care instead of taking every measure to avoid caring for them.
and don’t get me started on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
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