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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:09 AM
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Udall: Up to 30% of soldiers suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Udall: Up to 30% of soldiers suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

With up to 30 percent of soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder upon returning from Afghanistan or Iraq, a congressional committee on Wednesday called for better mental health care for veterans.

Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who serves on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said the military's health care system is not equipped to diagnose and treat mental health conditions. Troops often are reluctant to seek treatment out of fear that they might be discharged, he said.

"It's important that these brave men and women not only return home alive, they need to return home mentally and physically healthy," Udall said.

If the government heeds lessons learned from the Vietnam War, it will provide resources to help war veterans deal with traumatic experiences that may haunt them, he said.

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bushisanidiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:14 AM
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1. "Up to 30%"??! Try AT LEAST 30% have PTSD
it's vietnam all over again.. and the repukes are STILL in denial that the viet vets were in favor of the war.
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SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:26 AM
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2. My daughter's best freind Julie's
husband George is done over there-now he has a curious little thing where one of his pupils don't dilalate.PTSD is no small thing my brother an ex-green beret and SF's guy from Vietnam has NEVER been the same-all types of ailments drug problems,still and haunting dreams.
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