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  •  Maybe one solution (7+ / 0-)

    would be mandatory PTSD treatment for all soldiers returning from combat duty or tours where stress is a high factor.

    Then the soldier wouldn't be "shamed" into thinking PTSD was somehow their own failing, it would be accepted as a normal result of a tour of duty. Besides, it would be mandatory, so one would have to get treatment.

    And really, it should be offered after each tour, and not just waiting at the end of military service. I had many friends who returned from Vietnam in terrible shape. It is disgraceful that people shout "Support our Troops" like a slogan, but don't fight to have the troops get the mental and physical treatment they need.

    Of course, the real solution is to stop these brutal wars.

    •  My thoughts have followed a similar path. (4+ / 0-)

      I would add to your idea, that no is mustered out of service until they are well in body and mind.
      For some this means being part of a unit for life.
      I am not completely comfortable with creating indefinite service for our soldiers, but if you don't start trying to solve this problem you certainly won't get the job done.

      Every soldier needs help, some need more than others.

      By keeping the soldiers on duty, there are people responsible for their well being. More importantly those in charge of the "home force" would have the authority to order the soldiers into treatment when needed.

      Such a system would need lots of checks and balances and support from the entire Military from top to bottom.

      Thanks for the excellent thought.

      Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire

      by leftover on Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 11:03:09 AM PDT

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