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As I was driving home this afternoon, I was lucky enough to have caught this story on NPR: Missed Treatment: Soldiers With Mental Health Issues Dismissed For ‘Misconduct’
The story is horrifying. The military discharges their faithful soldiers who have fought in some of the toughest situations and as a result are suffering. To just go see a counselor or psychologist in this country is a great accomplishment. The stigma associated with receiving mental health services is tragic and likely prevents thousands of people from seeking mental health services each year.
When is the VA going to be held accountable for the proper treatment of soldiers and veterans?
From personal experiences with people in my life, the VA psychologists are not there to help soldiers and veterans get treatment. They are there as a backstop; a barrier built between those who fought for freedom and their own personal freedom. The psychologists often minimize experiences, feelings, and seriousness of the mental health crisis.
The VA will offer individuals seeking mental health services the opportunity to participate in a support group where participants are encouraged to regale the room with their war stories. Soldiers and veterans experience enough of their own war stories in their waking life and in their nightmares. Why would you ever want to send someone back to a war zone? Rehashing the events of a war does not suddenly make it make sense. War is stressful, tragic, and often very graphic.
These men and women need to receive treatment fit for someone who put their life on the line for others. Help them move forward from what has occurred.
Guns are killing people, and most horrifically, children.
I’m not going to blame Columbine. I’m not going to blame the uneducated people in society. I’m not going to blame the people who join gangs. I’m not going to blame the media.
I’m blaming every single gun supporter.
The Constitution was written hundreds of years ago. Society has evolved. We no longer have to bare arms in order to protect our rebel selves from the oppression of a monarchy.
You use penicillin, toilets, and refrigeration. Let’s bring your views on gun control to this century too.
Children have tragically died because guns are in society. Children will continue to die because you encourage people to have guns in society.
No, I don’t want to hear bullshit about how this is such a small percentage of deaths and cancer or car accidents kill more children. Gun deaths are preventable deaths.
Here is a list of the children who have been injured or died this year due to guns being in our society.
If you’re with me, please speak out about guns in our society. The only way we can stop this is to continue to fight for appropriate gun control.
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