A REPORT RELEASED BY THE MILITARY LAST WEEK SAID THAT THE TROOPS ON THE BATTLEFIELDS ARE HAVING PROBLEMS GETTING MENTAL HEALTH CARE. WITH TROOPS GETTING MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS AND THE  RISING VIOLENCE IT IS RIDICULOUS TO THINK THAT THEY CANNOT GET THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED AND DESERVE.

   ARMY OFFICIALS FOUND THAT MORE THAN  ONE IN FOUR SOLDIERS ON REPEATED TOURS  OF DUTY SCREENED POSITIVE FOR ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND OTHER MENTAL PROBLEMS. OFFICIALS ALSO REPORTED A INCREASE IN THE SUICIDE RATE. THE FACT THAT OUR TROOPS NEED MENTAL HEALTH CARE SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE AND IN NO WAY BE CONSIDERED A SLIGHT AGAINST THEM.

   ANYONE FACING A THREAT OF DEATH ALL THE TIME, LACK OF FRONT LINE WAR, EXPOSURE TO TRAUMATIC EVENTS, NO SLEEP WOULD SUFFER MENTAL HEALTH STRAIN. CIVILIAN PSYCHIATRISTS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE WAR ZONE NOW, AND THE TROOPS GIVEN THE CARE THEY EARNED. WE MISSED THE BOAT IN THE LAST TWO WARS AND LOOK AT THE RESULTS, VIETNAM IS A GOOD EXAMPLE

MICKMCK707

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