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Saturday, May 13, 2006

More "Support The Troops" BS From The Administration

Maybe I'm wrong, but I really doubt the best way to show support for the mission-whatever it is this hour-of the US Troops in Iraq is to send back onto the battlefield those already struggling with mental traumas witnessed & suffered is the best way to man our desperately overextended US troops

Paper: Military Ignoring Mental Illness

U.S. military troops with severe psychological problems have been sent to Iraq or kept in combat, even when superiors have been aware of signs of mental illness, a newspaper reported for Sunday editions.

The Hartford Courant, citing records obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act and more than 100 interviews of families and military personnel, reported numerous cases in which the military failed to follow its own regulations in screening, treating and evacuating mentally unfit troops from Iraq.

How bad is it?

Twenty-two U.S. troops committed suicide in Iraq last year, accounting for nearly one in five of all non-combat deaths and the highest suicide rate since the war started, the newspaper said.

Some service members who committed suicide in 2004 and 2005 were kept on duty despite clear signs of mental distress, sometimes after being prescribed antidepressants with little or no mental health counseling or monitoring, the Courant reported. Those findings conflict with regulations adopted last year by the Army that caution against the use of antidepressants for "extended deployments."

That's how fucking bad it is

And it gets even worse, as the next tidbit shows exactly why the US Troops have to consider President Jr, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Rice as deadly to their health as any insurgent, militia member or terrorist in training

Although Defense Department standards for enlistment disqualify recruits who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, the military also is redeploying service members to Iraq who fit that criteria, the newspaper said.

And what's the main reason for mentally ill troops being sent back into battle?

The Army's top mental health expert, Col. Elspeth Ritchie, acknowledged that some deployment practices, such as sending service members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome back into combat, have been driven in part by a troop shortage.

"The challenge for us ... is that the Army has a mission to fight. And, as you know, recruiting has been a challenge," she said. "And so we have to weigh the needs of the Army, the needs of the mission, with the soldiers' personal needs."

And why has recruiting been a challenge?

Because of the absolutely atrocious way this Administration treats those under the helmet & behind the trigger, the President actually thinks people are willing to blind themselves to reality as deeply as W has, and he still can't figure out why the great majority of the citizenry won't rightfully prostrate themselves anymore before his obvious magnificence, a Grim Rightward Warrior Sent To Punish The Unfaithful & Destroy The Wicked

Oh what the hell, one really cheap shot at Dear Leader, because the BitchSlap is SO deserved by this Connecticut Cowboy, more at home in suites than jeans & boots

It would appear that W's so personally offended by the existence of his own Father, that he'll start thinking This Guy is the impostor trying to take W's rightful place in his father's heart, that it's This Guy who President Bush Sr REALLY considers a son to be proud of


  • Bravo your blog,they are risking life and limb in the defense of our country.Back in the early 1970’s i worked with a crew of Vietnam vets many who were deeply troubled with PTSD.
    It’s about time the mental health concerns of military personnel and their dependents gets priority.–Daniel Haszard

    By Anonymous Danny Haszard, at 1:13 PM  

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