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  •  to Lib Dem FoP - thank you for rec the diary (7+ / 0-)

    You are absolutely right to bring an international perspective to bear here. More or less the same thing can be said of the support for military veterans in Germany and France as well as Britain and other Nato nations that have universal medical access, which includes a permanent lifelong cradle to grave guarantee of access of mental health care to include prescription medications, all of which is lacking in the American society of 2014.

    Additionally the overall social safety net in the European Union and Canada is much better at providing for the needs of service members, veterans and their families. We must understand that the social contract has been broken in America, and that the well heeled are now stepping over our veteran brothers and sisters with callous disregard and it is time they were called on it, because part of what allows this epidemic to continue is that we allow too many of our brothers and sisters to slip away quietly in the night having fallen victim to the tragedy of military suicide that afflicts the 2014 America with callous indifference to the important weight of this completely preventable tragedy.

    You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

    by Democrats Ramshield on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 05:51:43 AM PDT

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      I hope I recognized that both countries share the experience of ex-soldiers committing suicide and domestic violence; mental health problems; substance abuse and homelessness. Both countries fail their armed forces in this. These though are symptoms of underlying causes and the degree of them is a useful starting point to compare what are effectively organizations with the same purposes.

      I think there are additional reasons to simply the availability of health care as after all in theory British ex-soldiers access to NHS services should mean none committing suicide - which is why I consider this a failure of the system.

      Another part of this is the loss of "purpose" that soldiers often experience on leaving the service - one reason perhaps why especially in the USA there are large numbers of them in the law enforcement services. Perhaps we should also be looking at the final phases of actual service and seeing what "exit" courses and training is given there. Certainly learning to acknowledge PTSD as a real risk both personally and for the personnel they look after should be part of basic training.

      "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 06:30:46 AM PDT

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      You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

      by Democrats Ramshield on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:28:02 AM PDT

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