Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I say the above because our military men and women who have fought so valiantly for our freedom are being used for their man power to blow away, blow up, and blow through conflicts. After the blowing is done they are traumatized, many of them at least feel the after shocks of what they were ordered to do.
I'm angry. When a service member is sent off to war they come back with more than just physical scars. They come back changed mentally. This is hitting close to home for me now. Too close. When they try to get help they are shunned, told they are just trying to get out of doing what they signed up to do in the first place, which is deploy. Okay so yes they did sign up as their primary MOS (military occupational specialty) to tote a rifle about and kill as necessary but they do have other jobs that they trained for and are good at.
The military medical system needs a complete overhaul. When a service member goes into counseling they are told that they will not be ratted out unless they are considered a danger to themselves or someone else. They are not supposed to be ratted out for saying stupid things like they hate a co-worker. However, it does happen as of this month because of the killings in Afghanistan. Before you know it the service member is being told that their career is over and they'll be discharged. Why? Well I'll tell you why! Because the system doesn't work. Instead of giving the individual the confidence and trust in their therapist they live in fear that if they say the wrong thing they get ratted out. So they go in angry, balled up fist and knotted up stomachs afraid to utter one word that could be used against them. The therapist clues in on the body language and makes note of it to report later that the individual is hostile. No they don't report that it could be related to combat stress or PTSD because if they did it would mean money. And no they don't report that the body language could be due in part from the fear of being what they saying being misconstrued and reported.
Yes it all comes down to the almighty fricken dollar folks. The military does not want to pay out to help the service member that is broken, even though they became broken while in the service. Just this year a higher ranking soldier was asked to step down from this installation, on which I live, because he decided that those with the diagnosis of PTSD didn't deserve it so he took away the diagnosis. WHY? Well he was saving the government money in the present and future. A diagnosis of PTSD means that the government will have to continue treatment for that individual for the rest of their life. If the diagnosis is taking away the person can be forced to deploy.
Now I wonder, did that happen to the guy that went on the "rampage" in Afghanistan? He was from this installation. Could it have been prevented? Probably. So yes, I'm really angry.
Perhaps if our service men and women felt more comfortable and able to trust the therapists here on our installation they might just open up. Here they think of only one thing: WHEN CAN WE DEPLOY THEM AGAIN?! That was until the 16 were killed in Afghanistan. Now its becoming a rat fest. The therapists are ratting out their patients for anything and everything ending careers for no good reason other than the usual facetious remark about a co-worker because the soldier was in a bad mood. When you in the civilian sector have those days are you really going to go off your co-worker? I doubt it. But here on the military installation, well its just nuts now. They are getting way over protective which doesn't help with the situation either. Now they are just inundating the mental health providers with low risk/no risk cases.
I guess this is just another way to meet the quota that Obama has set for less troops. Get rid of the fatties then get rid of any one that chooses to make an off hand remark that can be misconstrued but all means Obama keep the psycho! See I can be facetious too. Great now someone is going to lock me up for speaking my mind right?