Veteran and organizer Joe Callan talks about the campaign to stop deployment of traumatized troops.
We know that lots of troops coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan have had experiences that make them pretty crazy. A distressing number of them commit suicide -- this was a report a year ago:
I've been catching up on my podcasts -- listening to episodes of NPR's Fresh Air interview show that I missed. I've just gotten up to mid-November when I heard an exchanged that about floored me.
I have to ask, if you were in the military, would you want to be "helped" by this guy, Dr. Craig Bryan, who is the lead consultant to the U.S. Air Force for psychological health promotion initiatives as well as the U.S. Marine Corps' Suicide Prevention Program? He also treats active-duty serviceman and veterans for PTSD. From the interview transcript:
At least someone in this conversation is showing some insight and compassion. I'm with Terry. Jail it is.
This is not medical help -- it's treating a damaged person as a disposable replacement part to be used up by the government. No surprise really; war is like that. Nor is it any surprise that so many vets take their own lives, if this is the quality of "help" the military offers.