U.S. Soldiers' Mental Health: Gaps in...

U.S. Soldiers' Mental Health: Gaps in Mental Health Screening P...

There are 17 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 11, 2009, titled U.S. Soldiers' Mental Health: Gaps in Mental Health Screening P.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Chad Barrett had attempted suicide and was suffering post-traumatic stress disorder by the time his unit prepared for a third combat tour in Iraq.

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Since: Apr 07

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#1 May 11, 2009
What the hell are our politicians thinking? This should be a top priority. They can focus on reelection but when it comes to pertinent issues concerning our men and women serving our country they are doing a piss poor job.

Another thought I had bought up here before. President Obama, here's another shovel ready project for you.

Start building houses for these folks. You can immediately employ AND train other people at the same time, using the resources already in that community. Now I know this wouldn't be helping any special interest groups, but it certainly would bolster your "change". Could you think of a more deserving group of people to help?

You could have the final price of the home placed on a sliding scale based on the number of years they served.
big smooth

El Centro, CA

#2 May 11, 2009
Middletown Joe wrote:
What the hell are our politicians thinking? This should be a top priority. They can focus on reelection but when it comes to pertinent issues concerning our men and women serving our country they are doing a piss poor job.
Another thought I had bought up here before. President Obama, here's another shovel ready project for you.
Start building houses for these folks. You can immediately employ AND train other people at the same time, using the resources already in that community. Now I know this wouldn't be helping any special interest groups, but it certainly would bolster your "change". Could you think of a more deserving group of people to help?
You could have the final price of the home placed on a sliding scale based on the number of years they served.
The politicians are working on their next pay raise. Isn't that the way its always been?
doityourselfweat her com

United States

#3 May 11, 2009
How about mental health screening for political candidates?!
Look at the present state of affairs of the State of CT.

From my past knowledge with the Army they quickly turned down anyone who had mental capacity problems not only for the safety of the other troops but because the Army didn't want to be held liable and sued.
Haddam Ct River

Norwich, CT

#4 May 11, 2009
Very sad.
Confused

Berlin, CT

#6 May 11, 2009
Wait... I thought the talking point was that it's unpatriotic to suggest that unstable soldiers could be dangerous
smchris

Minneapolis, MN

#7 May 11, 2009
Of course, there is the assumption that being a combat soldier can be a sane state of mind.
Jeff

Cedar Hill, TX

#8 May 11, 2009
the answer is simple take away the guns
Jeff

Cedar Hill, TX

#9 May 11, 2009
Middletown Joe wrote:
What the hell are our politicians thinking? This should be a top priority. They can focus on reelection but when it comes to pertinent issues concerning our men and women serving our country they are doing a piss poor job.
Another thought I had bought up here before. President Obama, here's another shovel ready project for you.
Start building houses for these folks. You can immediately employ AND train other people at the same time, using the resources already in that community. Now I know this wouldn't be helping any special interest groups, but it certainly would bolster your "change". Could you think of a more deserving group of people to help?
You could have the final price of the home placed on a sliding scale based on the number of years they served.
The money is gone do think for one minute this dictator will care one bit for one troop? No way he'd rather do his cruel stand up routine with his Hollywood croonies.
Jeff

Cedar Hill, TX

#10 May 11, 2009
obama barack has this blood on his hands, it's his fault this poor lad went ape, he should be convicted
Chan

Fairfax, VA

#11 May 11, 2009
How about Mental health screenings for potential recruits? The British military and many of our own Special Operations forces have a psych eval. as part of their selection process.
fenster

Windsor, CT

#12 May 11, 2009
Jeff wrote:
obama barack has this blood on his hands, it's his fault this poor lad went ape, he should be convicted
hey, it was bush who put this guy into iraq, again and again. for what? oil? hell, bush lost the oil too. so, bush was all hat, no cattle.
Chan

Fairfax, VA

#13 May 11, 2009
fenster wrote:
<quoted text>hey, it was bush who put this guy into iraq, again and again. for what? oil? hell, bush lost the oil too. so, bush was all hat, no cattle.
Maybe Bush was tricked into going into Iraq by Israel or Quds Force. I know Iran's influence has grown since the invasion.
taxpayer

Torrington, CT

#14 May 11, 2009
who in their right mind would treat and prescribe psych meds and then release a mentally impaired soldier, this is totally un ethical and is malpractice, talk about throwing you back into the frying pan how sad.where is the compassion in treating mental illness? the military needs to take the bull by the horns and take these issues seriously, waterboarding is a walk in the park comparred to the mental torture and disservice to our men and women in combat.

Since: Apr 07

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#15 May 12, 2009
Confused wrote:
Wait... I thought the talking point was that it's unpatriotic to suggest that unstable soldiers could be dangerous
I believe the point was, when you are the head of Homeland Security, you are supposed to have the where with all to not call them terrorists.

Then again, when you are so busy trying to get your foot out of your mouth for whatever statement you made before that offensive one......
mac 8

Emmaus, PA

#16 May 12, 2009
I still say the draft is the best way, only no deferments only if you are handicapped. None of this rich kids stuff getting out of it or college deferments.
Emilio

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