Poll: On the homefront

How important is mental health care for America’s war vets?

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  • Wjjernigan

    Though some of my relatives and friends were and still are in military service, I never served in the military so I can’t relate to any issues those who have served might suffer from. But I do know this: Every citizen and immigrant living in the United States owes their freedom to our military members; past, present and future. Thus, every citizen and immigrant should make a sincere effort to help provide whatever it takes to help them in their needs. I myself am researching the various options wherein I can contribute more on their behalf. In the meantime, thank you to all those who have served; and may you be blessed with all that you need!
    William Jernigan, Hanahan, SC

  • Jim

    Suicides result from a loss of hope and excruciating pain.  Loss of hope and increased pain triggered by flashbacks can and often does lead to suicide.  You see, many of us don’t always turn to seek help in times of pain due to a downward spiraling of hopelessness.  In some cases and not readily known are veterans suffering from a double dose of PTSD … service and non-service connected PTSD.  Marked loss of hopelessness can become overwhelming in these situations.  The VA mental health professionals cannot help when a veteran doesn’t convey or seek help.  I’ve heard it said that the survivors that actually learn to live with their PTSD are the lucky ones.  Maybe survival of the strongest or fittest applies to humans as well as animals it may seem.  I pray that my brothers and sisters of the military seek help even when they don’t want to.  Suicide is NOT the sacrifice of life intended or meant for our country.  Getting help IS.

  • Tigrrr07

    I have a nephew that can’t get his life back in order from his PTSD from being in Iraq war. He is still so troubled he can’t keep a relationship with his own daughter & 6 she needs her Dad but he just can’t.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3TIA2OJ4FVVUN6EQ275MMNURY .

    As one who has suffered through PTSD for almost 40 years, derived from my experiences as a medic,  I applaud what the VA is doing with its treatment plans.  I have just completed a three month tx plan called the “Imaginal Exposure” series.  It was absolute HELL.  
    But, I am smiling again. I’ve gained control of my emotions, where before it was the other way around. I never believed I was able to kick the “habitual” behaviours, but here I am.  Reborn.  Literally, figuratively, physically, emotionally. Thanks to all the Veteran Administration folks who care enough to help us.  You saved me, as I had saved others in the past. You didn’t stop the bleeding, or open an airway, or start an IV.  You just had me stop.  And think.  And relax. 

  • Melkiresha777

    If anyone in Washington was sincere, and when Senator promised and ran on stoppig the war in Afganistan, bring the troops home. He stated he would close down Gitmo. Stop the Bush tax breaks for the rich. We no longer have a middle class.

  • krypton

    Far more important than anything you can trust to the US military commands.

    We owe these people too much, and every day without required treatment is one more count of negligence,