I find it disturbing that so much effort and expense go into recruiting young
people to join the military but once they have been "spent" of all
they can give, they are discarded. They are rigorously trained and broken down
in order to be shaped into soldiers. Once they return it is very difficult, if
not impossible for them to acclimate themselves back into society. The US
government should put just as much effort into rehabilitating our soldiers as
they do into recruiting them. My father, a Vietnam veteran, still suffers
immensely from the effects of PTSD. He is fortunate to be one of the very few
that has managed to lead a productive life despite his daily challenges. How sad
for those that risk their lives for the rest of us only to be invisible once
VA Chapter 31 can lay out a program for disabled veterans, either physically or
mentally, to accomplish what they would like to in their future goals. This
includes college education, flight programs, etc. and may be helpful as the VA
will assign a counselor to work with each veteran on an individual basis. I work
at a private university and we see these types of veterans succeed. I cannot
imagine that we would be alone in our program offering, so I would encourage the
veterans to speak to their local VA about Chapter 31 benefits.
Sadly, this will continue. The driving force in these wars comes from the
politicians, contractors and bankers that profit from our misery. As a Viet Nam
veteran, I wondered for 20yrs why we did what we did. Now I know. Profit and
empire all at the sacrifice of our youth. It breaks my heart. Nothing will
change until we all say "enough".
For me the big issue is trust. With so much in the news about PTSD recently
about how the military is trying to help, I reached out to the the VA through a
help line but wouldn't go in and file the paper work. Trusting the government
with my information is a hurdle hard to overcome. Besides, having lived with
this for so many decades, I've adjusted to acceptance that this is how I am. My
solution is solitude. Finding this site was a good thing. At least here I can
say something. Thank you for making known what's going on.
There is a Frontline (PBS) video titled "The Wounded Platoon." I
noticed we can't publish urls or else I'd do so. This situation is heart
breaking. No one ever fully overcomes PTSD. The best those with it can do is
practice tools learned through counseling to check themselves, and the learning
process is ongoing. In war, there is no such thing as collateral damage. In
war, everyone is a victim. In war, the perpetrators on high always fail to care
for those they use as fodder to serve their purposes and whose families they
destroy. The best those who suffer can do is learn to accomodate what they
cannot change and to change for the best without doing harm whatever they can.
"Normal" becomes unique to each individual. Inside, one is always
alone. Outside, one must learn how to fake it.
Greetings:As a Viet Nam veteran, I spent quite a few years living on
and off the streets of Salt Lake City, in and out of the Veterans Administration
Medical Center, plus a couple of overnight stays in the Salt Lake County
Jail.I couldn't keep a job or complete college, and I permanently
alienated my wife.Sometimes, I had help from fellow Latter-day
Saints, but often, the Church didn't know I was out there, which lead to periods
of inactivity.Since the DESERET NEWS does not permit Internet URLs
to be published in the COMMENTS section, then please do an Internet search for
"ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME".There are two of them, the
Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C., and the Naval Home in Gulfport, Mississippi,
which are now combined under one administration, making both homes open to all
disabled veterans or retirees, regardless of which military branch they served
in.Officially, there is a waiting list, but unofficially - - - ?Try it anyway.I've lived in both homes, and the one in
Gulfport is, by far, the safest environment.Thank you.John Robert MallerneeArmed Forces Retirement HomeGulfport,
Habitat for Humanity would be a great way to get involved. These guys risked
their lives for us!
Wouldn't it be terrific if instead of the re-hashing ideological debates 24/7,
"socialism is bad, liberalism is worse, spending is ... etc., "the most aggressive political movement would get aggressive on this issue
'The solution is that these soldiers need to come home and be able to find a
good job.' - itsaconspiracy | 9:21 a.m. Jan. 25, 2011 While I agree
with the sentiment, having a job will not help with PTSD or 'shell shock' most
vets have as addressed with this article. 'Calls To Veterans'
Suicide Hotline Double' - CBS News - 07/28/08 Line:'New VA Phone
Line, Created Last July, Now Taking 250 Calls Per Day' Getting a job
and a routine is great. But going from being shot in the neck to
sitting on your couch with your mom in 48hours is incredibly jarring. In vietnam we started to see the damage of Psychological & physical
damage. After Desert Storm we saw the affects of PTSD. Today, we are
barely scrapping the surface of what needs to be done. My Psych evalulation when
I left the service was a joke. A smart 6yr old could pass it and lie about their
well-being. There is incredible pressure to AVOID asking for help.
We need to do more. Agreed to get our vets employed, but to make their lives
here BEARABLE after witnessing the horrors of war.
WAKE UP AMERICA these are our HERROES. They have stood between us and harms
way. There should NEVER be a homeless Vet.
The solution is that these soldiers need to come home and be able to find a good
job. The problems is all the good jobs in manufacturing have been shipped over
seas!We need manufacturing rebuilt in this country!
'In Utah, Sanford is one of 350 homeless veterans. Nationally, 110,000 former
servicement and women don't have permanent housing.' - Article We
need to do more. We can do more. We will do more.