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While waiting for a Video Link at ABC News, on this last night, I went over to see if the CBS Report, that some of us knew was coming for a few days now, was up yet, the report was there sans the video with Carissa Picard, of Military Spouces for Change but I found a few more, one with the family members.

Carissa sent out and posted the report she was interviewed for as well as that video, you will find those links below as well as linkbacks to the reports.

Site won't let the Embeds so they are hotlinked.

Notebook: PTSD
A new study found that 1 in 5 U.S. troops suffer from depression or post traumatic stress disorder from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Randall Pinkston comments. |

Video Report

PTSD Ignored By Military Brass
Soldiers diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder can cost the U.S. military millions each. So top brass are finding other ways to deal with the illness. Kimberly Dozier reports.

Video Report

The Military's Showdown Over PTSD
Battle Between The Old School And New School Methods For Handling Troops' Mental Health

Video Report

Veterans Families Speak Out
"Only On The Web": Chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian speaks to the families of five soldiers who, allegedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, took their own lives.

Video Report

The Site Pages With The Worded Reports plus The Video's

CBS News
FYI: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Nearly 1 In 5 Vets Reports Mental Problems
Study: 300,000 U.S. Troops Suffering From Depression, PTSD; 320,000 Have Brain Injuries

The Military's Showdown Over PTSD
Battle Between The Old School And New School Methods For Handling Troops' Mental Health

The Military's Showdown Over PTSD
Battle Between The Old School And New School Methods For Handling Troops' Mental Health

ABC News
Study Says 300,000 U.S. Troops Suffer Mental Problems
Researchers Point to Need for Additional Mental Health Resources for Returning Soldiers
Roadside IEDs Take Toll on U.S. GIs ABC Video Report
Nearly one in five U.S. soldiers suffers from PTS disorder or major depression.
04/17/2008

Originally posted to jimstaro on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 01:35 AM PDT.

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  •  Bill Moyers this week (13+ / 0-)

    This week on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL (check local listings)

    Battle in Sadr City. Just back from being under fire in Sadr City this week, award-winning journalist Leila Fadel, Baghdad Bureau Chief for McClatchy, gives viewers on-the-ground analysis of the latest events and a close-up look at the state of the war. Fadel has covered the war in Iraq for Knight Ridder and now McClatchy on and off since June 2005, as well as the 34-day war in Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel in the summer of 2006.

    Then, the JOURNAL travels to California where nurses are fighting for better healthcare. Says Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director of the California Nurses Association: "[To] all of the politicians who get the healthcare that the public provides, we're saying, 'Why are Americans not worthy of the same type of care that you have?'"

    " Every war, when viewed from the undistorted perspective of life's sanctity, is a "civil war" waged by humanity against itself." - Daisaku Ikeda

    by jimstaro on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 01:39:22 AM PDT

  •  Army ‘Rewards’ Outspoken Antiwar Sol (8+ / 0-)

    One of the leading voices of dissent inside the U.S. Army has been promoted.

    Few members of the Armed Forces have made their disgust for the war in Iraq more public than Ronn Cantu. The 30-year-old Los Angeles native began speaking out during his second tour in Iraq, launching an online forum for antiwar GIs at Soldiersvoices.net, signing petitions against the war, and giving interviews to major U.S. media outlets while still stationed in Baghdad.

    Now, as a staff sergeant, Cantu says he’ll teach the soldiers under him to follow the Geneva Conventions and other laws of war.

    " Every war, when viewed from the undistorted perspective of life's sanctity, is a "civil war" waged by humanity against itself." - Daisaku Ikeda

    by jimstaro on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 01:43:35 AM PDT

  •  A soldier from San Jose interviewed by (6+ / 0-)

    the ABC affiliate out here in SF said he thinks the 1-in-5 estimate is low.

    "Every day is a struggle with the depression, and the anger, and any pain you may feel," said Edwards.
    Edwards suffers from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
    A privately funded study by Rand Corporation finds 320,000 troops have experienced brain injuries while at war and nearly one in five or 300,000 suffers from PTSD.
    "I think the numbers are a little low, if they're saying one in five, it's probably more like three in five," said Edwards.

    Soldiers struggle to get help for PTSD

    •  Would guess that the 20% number (4+ / 0-)

      is very low considering 'denial' and 'stigma'. Or it's being 'subverted' by things like discharges for "Personality Disorder" or not including those who are receiving care for other diagnoses.

      Didn't read thoroughly due to a headache, but are National Guard/Reservists who are not currently 'active' included?

      Yikes, just the backlog at the VA and their faulty diagnoses with 'contractors' pushing the paper the numbers have to be low-balled.

      "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

      by deMemedeMedia on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 02:26:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Still fighting war stress: (3+ / 0-)

      Oh It's WAY TOO LOW!! Everyone changes once In-Theater, and Mutiple Tours can Destroy. Many suffer in silence for years, or show no signs Than It All Comes Back!

      VA granting more first-time disability claims to veterans in their 80s than ever before

      They beat Hitler, turned back the tide of Japanese imperialism and when the war ended, returned to civilian life to forge careers and raise families while seemingly unfazed by the horrors of combat many witnessed.

      As World War II veterans have aged, and reflected on the dreadful experiences of war and carnage, more and more exhibited the symptoms of a malady unheard of when they went off to battle 65 years ago: post traumatic stress disorder.

      Download and Listen to Report

      Read the rest of the Report Here

      Watch a Short Video with Report

      " Every war, when viewed from the undistorted perspective of life's sanctity, is a "civil war" waged by humanity against itself." - Daisaku Ikeda

      by jimstaro on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 02:38:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  yep, Jim (3+ / 0-)
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        and the VA is playing monkey games.  I have 4 private doctors in my C-File.

        I have three doctors diagnosing PTSD and 3 months time in a PTSD specific ward

        One doctor calls it Severe Depressive Disorder, diagnosed two years before things really went haywire and the three PTSD diagnosis (which also include Severe Depressive Disorder as secondary to PTSD).

        What does the VA decide?  Yep, they go with the one that only mention Severe Depression with this nonsensical statement:

        “Although a current diagnosis of PTSD is of record a complete review of all the evidence of record does not provide a confirm diagnosis”.

        Despite documented CIB, combat duty, and Special Forces MOS.

        And I am not an Iraq vet, but 13 years later it hit with a vengeance.

        So now the two-year wait for the BVA begins.

        "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Thomas Jefferson

        by Jeffersonian Democrat on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 02:52:44 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  One Video Above (3+ / 0-)

    "The Military's Showdown Over PTSD"

    Now up with the slightly longer interview with the Medic, found only on the web:

    Eye To Eye: PTSD
    "Only On The Web": Kimberly Dozier speaks with PFC Jonathan Norrell, a U.S. army medic who, despite being diagnosed with PTSD, was denied a medical discharge.

    " Every war, when viewed from the undistorted perspective of life's sanctity, is a "civil war" waged by humanity against itself." - Daisaku Ikeda

    by jimstaro on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 02:02:41 AM PDT

  •  The Monetary Costs (3+ / 0-)

    Combat Stress May Cost U.S. Up to $6 Billion

    My concern isn't with the money, mine is with those who suffer from the Trauma of War, Military and Civilian, and the Apathy of the Societies that send them into Occupations Of Choice!!!

    Too many of my Brothers and Sisters, from 'Nam, were Royally Short Changed by this Uncaring Country!!

    " Every war, when viewed from the undistorted perspective of life's sanctity, is a "civil war" waged by humanity against itself." - Daisaku Ikeda

    by jimstaro on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 02:31:11 AM PDT

  •  I can just picture some folks in the GOP telling (2+ / 0-)
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    Jeffersonian Democrat, jimstaro

    the soldiers to suck it up.

    "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent" --Gandhi

    by dsharma23 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 03:53:39 AM PDT

  •  5 out of 5 conservative don't care (2+ / 0-)
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    Jeffersonian Democrat, jimstaro

    Do you think a stat like that bothers Cheney and crew.

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