Posted by: eseeders | February 5, 2009

Are We Failing Our Boys?

Today, CNN reported that the military suicide rate for January was higher than enemy inflicted combat deaths. No one seems to know why things like this are occurring. If Walter Reed Hospital under the Bush administration was any indication, the issues of under funding are probably even greater when it comes to the mental health of our boys in uniform. The first thing we need to do is get more mental health doctors in the armed service… no doubt those that are in there already are over stretched.

The other thing we have to get away from is the notion that drugs will solve the problem. Yes they can help, but they only offer a temporary reprieve and the last thing we want is drug reliance in the ranks. Indeed, we must work to address the root of the issues and more health professionals to work with individual soldiers will go a long way to helping with that goal.

If you have friends or family serving do your utmost for them… even a short letter can do a lot to help someone in their situation. They’re out there fighting for us… let’s do our best to fight for them.

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  1. It would also be nice if mental health practitioners in the military didn’t focus so much on getting people to reenlist or asking “Do you have any thoughts of harming yourself or others?” all the damn time.


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