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PTSD: The Soldier's Private War

Health & Wellness  (tags: military, troops, vets, war, horror, wounds, post traumatic stress disorder, ptsd, surviving, VA, Veterans Administration, failing, suicide, homelessness, despair )

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"The VA system can't handle the influx of veterans with PTSD. The reason, says Hughes, is the downsizing of the military, which makes more veterans eligible for care in VA hospitals. Their alternative? Often, says Hughes, it is suicide."

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Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:49 am
So many have this

Carol H. (229)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:59 am
noted, thanks Brian

Brian M. (202)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 9:09 am
Whether our government uses troops rightly or wrongly, we need to take much better care of our vets than we do. We need to radically improve the VA; to increase funding for education, housing, and mental health care that vets may need to adjust to life back home; and we need to enhance their retirement benefits. But, the best way of all to take care of our troops is to use them SPARINGLY. Our nation has gone on one blind imperialistic adventure after another for decades now. We have not made ourselves safer. When our national security is actually at risk, then we need people who will make the sacrifice and fight. But no blood should ever be spilled for geopolitical advantage, resource acquisition, or political ambition.

divergent revolution (333)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 9:19 am
What used to be called "battle fatigue" or other euphemisms,has finally been properly disgnosed
and so many soldiers have this problem. They start out all full of themselves"for love of god and country",that the disillusion and horror that is war must come as a surprise that leaves them without the skill set to fix their minds to recognize that "WAR IS HELL"....not a good time with a bunch of "Bros".The movie industry is partly to blame as is the media for not painting a bleaker picture when portraying battle ,death,fear and reality of war.

Brian M. (202)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 9:32 am
It comes as no surprise that the corporate media produces products that indoctrinate our young men and women to glorify war and carnage. Otherwise, the corporate elites might have to try diplomacy instead of military adventurism to accomplish their sordid geopolitical goals.

Elle B. (82)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:04 pm
Ty Brian ~


“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

On taking care of our veterans:

“We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.” ― Albert Einstein

"In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people." ― Franklin D. Roosevelt


Gloria picchetti (301)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:21 pm
I love a museum in Chicago called the National Veteran's Art Museum. Art won't cure PSTD but it helps them to communicate their feelings better.

Trish K. (93)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:22 pm
Make sure your Veteran gets to a Vet Center near your town. Make sure they get to a PTSD unit in a good VA Hospital. They need to talk to others who were there and know they are not alone. Don't let them be alone and don't allow them to fall into alcohol or drugs. Just love them and get them help whether they think they need it or not. When they go quiet and silent inside themselves they are close to the precipice. Help them get to a good doctor who can help them. Suicides are as high or higher than Vietnam vets and we aren't even talking about the homeless and those vets in prison. God bless them all. Reach out to a Vet today.

Ro H. (0)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:07 am

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:34 pm
Does anyone still read Wilfred Owen?

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned out backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame, all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!--An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin,
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs
Bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Friday January 11, 2013, 4:29 pm
Thank you for the info.

Cindy Roett (1)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:06 pm
My friend went through 2 marriages and divorces
that could be described as war and now she is experiencing PTSD.Few in her life can relate.I think only soldiers after a war can understand where she is.

Nimue Pendragon (283)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:43 am
Give your all for your country, and your country should look after you.

Ro H. (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:23 am
shame on VA

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:05 am
Shame on the American Government.

Brian M. (202)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:49 pm
Thanks, Joanne, for mentioning one of the greatest poets of the so-called Great War. Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and others brilliantly communicated the horror and the tragedy of these mass slaughters of humanity,commonly known as war, that our governments bring down upon the 99% of us. Anyone who is still delusional enough to think that war is glorious or noble really needs to read these poets.
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