Recruitment fliers should carry warnings, like packages of cigarettes: Warning!
Going to war is hazardous to your health and mental well being in many different
ways. Please consult a homeless veteran before signing up.
Look to the drugs (uppers) given to those in combat to keep them alert for long
hours. These drugs can intensify the horrors of combat ten fold. These drugs
also disable the brain's normal function of suppressing many horrible
things from your memory, a natural function to keep one sane. Just as during
previous wars when our Government experimented with troops testing the effects
of radiation on combat forces, they are doing it today with psychotropic drugs
so the American Soldier can be all they can be.
Re: RShacklefordI agree 100%. I do not claim to be an expert, but do
have a friend whose son committed suicide a year after coming home from Iraq. He
enlisted as a straight-laced young man and came home a drug addict. The son said
drugs were handed out to soldiers like candy. Too stressed? Here's a pill.
Can't sleep? Here's a pill. Too scared? Here's a pill. His
commanding officers insisted on them taking drugs before going on patrol or into
battle situations. When he got home and needed treatment for his addiction, what
was the VA's solution? Here's a pill. And if we were allowed to look
behind the curtain with all of these mass shootings, we would discover that each
of the shooters were taking similar psychotic drugs.The sooner we
wake up to the what we are doing to our soldiers and young people with these
psychotic drugs, the better.
Thank you for the fine work on this article. I am grateful for the increasingly
available resources that are there to help heal wounds of the mind and body.
Articles like this help by making us more aware, compassionate and willing to
embrace each other in times of need.
airnaut:"Republicans -- 1st to send these kids to
war, and then treat them like used toilet paper once they come
home."If only Americans had the wisdom and foresight to elect a
Democrat president then this problem would surely have disappeared by now....
@FelisConcolor "If only Americans had the wisdom and foresight to elect a
Democrat[ic] president then this problem would surely have disappeared by
now...."Certainly we get the point. But Bush/Cheney's
foolish wars ring in the ears right now. I do remember Kennedy/LBJ and how much
I hated them for Vietnam.
Well where are all the people who had bumper stickers "We support our
Troops" or does that only refer to when they were fighting a "preemptive
war".Where are all the people who were so "Gung Ho" for
the US Military to go into Iraq? With the exception of bombing Iran they seem
to be silent now."We support our troops" also means taking
care of them when they come home.Where is all the concern for the
mid level officers(captains and majors)who thought they had a career with the
armed forces that are being released from the services.Question of
the day. Did our leaders and news media (including the Deseret News) exercise
due diligence before supporting attacking Iraq? Was it worthwhile? Given the
same set of circumstances would you support the preemptive attack?
Republicans send them to war, Then rip their VA benefits out right from