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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-29-10 08:59 AM
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Army Suicides Reach One a Day; Epidemic Spreads to National Guard and Reserves
Army Suicides Reach One a Day; Epidemic Spreads to National Guard and Reserves

Thirty-two soldiers, including 11 in the Guard and Reserve, killed themselves last month, a rate of suicide not seen since the Vietnam War. Seven of the suicides took place I Iraq or Afghanistan.

During the first six months of 2010, 65 members of the Guard and Reserve took their own lives, compared with 42 for the same period in 2009.

Although the strain of multiple deployments is often cited as a major cause in the rise in military suicides, this is only occasionally a factor in National Guard and Reserves cases. Some observers feel that the military suffers from a drastic shortage of mental health professionals.

http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/Army_Suici...
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-29-10 09:02 AM
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1. K&R for Change.
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-29-10 09:09 AM
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2. I agree with need for psychologists
Edited on Thu Jul-29-10 09:09 AM by w8liftinglady
My neurologist has a dual specialty in psychiatry and works at the VA.he works a lot with PTSD and has been trying to have more psychologists employed ...the need for which as is demonstrated by this list the VA sends to it's practitioners...where are they?

http://ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/ncdocs/fact_shts/treatment_...
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-29-10 09:18 AM
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3. I can only imagine what the effect of being responsible for killing innocent people is.
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EmeraldCityGrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-29-10 11:11 AM
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4. Psychologists should be available to assess potential
recruits BEFORE they enlist. Not everyone is potential mercenary material.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-29-10 03:03 PM
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6. But trauma can change your personality.
Edited on Thu Jul-29-10 03:03 PM by EFerrari
Which is why it is such bullshit for people to be diagnosed with personality disorders ON DISCHARGE so the Pentagram doesn't have to take care of them.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-29-10 03:01 PM
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5. I think I have a better answer.
People are enlisting because they ran out of options. Whatever they were hoping to find in the way opportunities, didn't make their lives any better.
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