For a wounded soldier, a mom keeps fi...

For a wounded soldier, a mom keeps fighting

There are 46 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 11, 2010, titled For a wounded soldier, a mom keeps fighting. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

"Your dad is in the army. The flag is in the army. That's where he works," says Rene Schwappach to her four-year-old granddaughter, Sophia Schwappach, as she plays with a flag she received at a Veteran's Day event, while Rene drives a school bus in Hammond, WI, November 11, 2010.

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Minneapolis, MN

#44 Dec 14, 2010
It's absolutely heartbreaking to see the effects of war on these men and women when they return. Let us never forget this, and use this knowledge to never again deploy soldiers on "questionable" missions.

It was sad to see the soldier's marijuana use categorized as "abuse." Cannabis/marijuana is reputed to be very good for PTSD. Why do you think so many Vietnam vets took to it? Combined with alcohol- yes, bad idea. But do not rule cannabis out as being beneficial for PTSD. Too many studies are proving otherwise, and its yet another reason to get government out of personal, medical affairs.

Best wishes and prayers to the Schwappach family, and all other families dealing with the fallout of war.
Dana

New York, NY

#45 Dec 14, 2010
It's really too bad so many men and woman are coming back and being abused and neglected by this inadequate system. The Army (more specifically DRUM) is ruining people, and families because they do not feel it is their problem to take care of their men and women their programs are destroying.

I sound harsh, but I would like my husband back. The man I married, not the broken man I live with now. Help would be nice to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, but according to the Doc's, the man who doesn't sleep at night, has terrors, is increasingly irritable, paranoid and angry, has no illness associated with the military. Thankyou Drum.
Frustrated Mom

Chippewa Falls, WI

#46 Dec 14, 2010
Some of the comments on this article are just like the higher commanding officers I had to deal with in Fo without his Fort Drum I'm not looking for any pitty or anyone to think my son can't do anything on his own,BUT he was on so many phyc.meds he could'nt even think on his own and I also watched many other wounded soldiers walk around and no even now where they are the point of the article was they are just giving our wounded veterans medication to keep them quite. my son was diagnosed with PTSD back in may of 2009 from the hospital the Army sent him to but when we looked over his MEB papers do you think those medical records were included in his final paper work oh NO those medical records were no where to be found so me and my son got our own copys but its not that easy they just don't wrire it down on the paper work no you have to fiht to get it on there also he went almost one year and half never being treated again for PTSD in the mean time he was getting worse.and yes I think all up from the E-6 to the commanding major I was treated like dirt and they ask me to leave several times
Storm Warning

Cazenovia, WI

#47 Dec 14, 2010
These young people are dying for the American dream, not the pustules in Washington DC
Frustrated Mom

Chippewa Falls, WI

#48 Dec 14, 2010
sorry some messed up words in my post but I'm sure you get the gist of it.I also wanted to add to this is if the Army would of taken care of my son I wouldn't of had to go to Fort Drum twice in 4 1/2 weeks and spend 4600 dollars if they would not treat our wounded veterans as they are nothing...my heart goes to all of us dealing with our broken husbands wife and children and all family members
Former Soldier

Potsdam, NY

#50 Dec 15, 2010
National Guard Mom wrote:
Doubt It--I am going through this situation with my son. I can tell you from personal experience that his 'old' unit's rear command has to this day never contacted us inquiring how our son is doing. As it is it took me a week to find out where my son was flown to stateside. I would think that the rear command would have done more to at least keep us up to date on his whereabouts but it took me contacting the Red Cross to finally locate my son, by this time he had been discharged from the hospital--too soon if you ask me, who asks a person who has gone through this if they are okay and accept an affirmative to that statement as fact.
Do not for one minute assume that this woman hasn't run into brick walls. I am sure it is a daily occurance.
*wipes away a tear* Anyone decide to take a look at the soldier? In other words, units are little busy trying to keep our boys alive when they deploy, you know, with stuff like training... ITS NOT THE UNITS' RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP FAMILIES INFORMED ABOUT THE WHERE ABOUTS OF YOUR LOVED ONES!!!!
That said, it says alot about the soldier in question when the family can't seem to... wait for it... find your loved one.
It's up to the soldier to get the help he or she needs. Nobody says it's easy, but it can be done. Soldiers and family members, mothers included, are NOT ENTITLED like anything else, you have to work for it!

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