What an understatement!
At my last VA Doctors appointment I was rushed in and out. She was backlogged and running behind. She managed to convey that she was going to be taking a much needed, 6 week vacation for relaxation and fun.
Can't burn those VA shrinks out. At least she has job security.
|U.S. troops returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer "daunting and growing" psychological problems -- with nearly 40 percent of soldiers, a third of Marines and half of the National Guard members reporting symptoms -- but the military's cadre of mental-health workers is "woefully inadequate" to meet their needs, a Pentagon task force reported yesterday.|
The congressionally mandated task force called for urgent and sweeping changes to a peacetime military mental health system strained by today's wars, finding that hundreds of thousands of the more than 1 million U.S. troops who have served at least one war-zone tour in Iraq or Afghanistan are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety or other potentially disabling mental disorders.
I had to laugh, check out the spin put on it. An Achievable Vision: Report of the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health.
|U.S. commanders in Iraq are rejecting a recommendation by Army mental health experts that troops receive a one-month break for every three months in a combat zone, despite unprecedented levels of continuous fighting and worsening risks of mental stress.|
Man these soldiers or their families aren't getting any breaks. And the ones that do make it through unharmed and unfazed, my hat is off to you. You're a stronger person than I am.
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