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Our Veterans Need Help

PTSD Raging Among Them

According to a study by Matthew Tull PhD, in an article written in BBC Mobile by Jessy Elmurr, there are a huge number of our veterans who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD). Along with this mental health issue is also drug and alcohol abuse, extreme anger, and deep depression. Is it a result of how they are being received by their family and communities? Some are coming back to spouses who have divorced them or want a divorce, a bad economy with slim chances of obtaining a job and nightmares from the horrors they left behind in Iraq and Afghanistan. How can you leave those images behind and just forget them like they never happened, the noise, the smell, the visual of so much death?

Trying to Make the Transition

In the same article a therapist and Gulf War vet Mr. Scott Swain from Washington State, stated that when the soldier first comes home he or she goes through "the honeymoon period". Mr. Swain stated as well that the "depression was huge and the suicide rates were off the charts". I decided to look further into this and found an article written in the TP Security News that cited some many shocking facts that were from a finding done after the 9th Circuit Court of San Francisco ordered an complete "over-haul," of the VA's mental health's services. It was found that 18 veterans a day were committing suicide and that in 2009, 136,334 veterans had spent at least one night in a homeless shelter. Also it was found that one-third of the homeless population in the United States were veterans. I find this appalling and shameful.

Didn't We Learn From Viet Nam?

PTSD is not new, vets from all wars have suffered from it. This disorder causes the high rates of divorce, domestic violence and the reason many vets cannot obtain or hold down a job because of anger issues. This can be treated with the right medication and treatment but it takes time and help which should be coming from our government and military. Many of these vets are very young when we send them to a war zone late teens early twenties to spend two and three deployments in hell and expect them not to need help when they get back adjusting to a normal life is just totally irresponsible. Many are suffering in silence, just giving up, not getting the help they need and their families are suffering along with them not knowing what to do or how to help.

What Can We Do?

Please write to your Senator or Congressman and ask them to look into this matter and demand the Department of Veterans affairs be vigilant and follow up with this serviceman and and women who may be coming back with invisible scars and give them the help that they need. Our government and military owe it to them they paid their dues, now it's time to give back to them at least with the mental health care and understanding that they need.


Street Talk

April, Good ideas. PTSD and deep depression are a lot more common than people realize. Bad stuff happens, the brain stores it away. War memories popping up must be challenging in the best of times. Which isn't where the world's at right now! blessings, Cynthia

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Cynthia, this war has deployed our miltary men and women two, three even four times. How much death and destruction can these people take? I feel for them and their families. I still have flashes sometimes from an abusive childhood. Things come back to you from movies, smells, books it never completely goes away.

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  about 1 decade ago

They do indeed!

  
  about 1 decade ago
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