US Military In Need Of Mental Health Facilities

Sgt. Todd Bowers, head of the 80,000 member Afghanistan Veterans of America, told Congress there is need for mandatory, confidential, mental health screening before and after deployment of troops. He complained the present system of screening just is not working. “Troops may not be filling out their forms accurately, troops needing counseling are not consistently getting referrals and those with referrals do not always get treatment. He believes at least half of the soldiers and Marines who test positive for needed counseling believe they will be judged weak by their comrades-in-arms for seeking such assistance. Bowers also noted seeking counseling is not an attractive notation to have in one’s file. He called for: a moratorium on discharge of personnel for personality disorders until there has been a complete overhaul of procedures, and making certain in cases of suicide attempts, counseling rather than prosecution is available.

These are sensible recommendations that should be accepted.

  • http://www.petitiononline.com/TScreen/petition.html Amy G

    Mandatory Screening – My Ass!

    There’s enough screening planned even for children:

    There is a psychiatric / pharmaceutical plan to “suicide screen” every
    child in the United States before they graduate from high school.
    Evidence exists that shows massive pharmaceutical backing that will
    result in even more overdrugging of kids with psychiatric drugs .

    Can you take a moment to view this very short video? Click here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfU9puZQKBY

    And then sign and forward this petition
    http://www.petitiononline.com/TScreen/petition.html to your associates
    and everyone you know? It already has over 24,200 signatures.

    It’s simply a race to inform enough parents so something can be done
    about this.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    these men and women have been in combat. The suicide rate for members of the armed forces right now is the highest in history. There are now at least 2,500 documented homeless veterans who served in Afghanistan or Iraq. I believe that is somewhat different than mandating screening of children — which I oppose.