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Dubya Inc. ought to be ashamed of itself....but that is asking too much from these people....<br><br>
"A year ago on Thanksgiving morning, in the corrugated metal pole barn that housed his family's electrical business, Timothy Bowman put a handgun to his head and pulled the trigger. The bullet only grazed his forehead. So he put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger again.<br><br>
"He had been home from the Iraq war for only eight months. Once a fun-loving, life-of-the-party type, Bowman had slipped into an abyss, tormented by things he'd been ordered to do in war.<br><br>
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"The VA counts post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as the most prevalent mental health malady - and one of the top illnesses overall - to emerge from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.<br><br>
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"But an investigation by McClatchy Newspapers has found that even by its own measures, the VA isn't prepared to give returning veterans the care that could best help them overcome destructive, and sometimes fatal, mental health ailments."<br><br>
More more here:<br><a href="http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/16636341.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp" target="_blank">http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwash...printstory.jsp</a>
 

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I don't know that the VA has really ever done anything for soldiers with PTSD. I knew some guys who were elderly when I met them, they were WWII vets. Even though it had often been at least 60 years since they went to war, it was obvious that it changed who they were - an entire lifetime did not erase what had happened and what they had seen. Even the happiest of them all would become quiet and somber when they remembered a friend who had been killed in front of them. When I was still working as an RN, there was a man who would come to our hospital every so often for unrelated problems, but he would lay in bed and cry and cry, talking about the war with anyone who would listen. It was heartbreaking.<br><br>
And let's remember all the Vietnam vets who are growing older and still suffering. A member of my extended family cannot tolerate fireworks. Another family member who was a prisoner in WWII was a mess, he would suddenly run away from home without telling anyone and it would take days to find him.<br><br>
I am sure that we will only see more of the same because of this mess. It sickens me that nobody takes into account the effect this has on HUMAN LIVES. Our soldiers will be wounded mentally but so will the Iraqi people, probably moreso than us.
 

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Brutual....<br><br>
"Family and friends had convinced him at last that the devastating mental wounds he brought home from war, wounds that triggered severe depression, violent outbursts, and eventually an uncontrollable desire to kill himself, could not be drowned in alcohol or treated with the array of antianxiety drugs he'd been prescribed.<br><br>
"And so, with his father and stepmother at his side, he confessed to an intake counselor that he was suicidal. He wanted to be admitted to a psychiatric ward.<br><br>
"But, instead, he was told that the clinician who prescreened cases like his was unavailable. Go home and wait for a phone call tomorrow, the counselor said, as Marianne Schulze, his stepmother, describes it.<br><br>
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"Four days later, on Jan. 16, he wrapped a household extension cord around his neck, tied it to a beam in the basement, and hanged himself."<br><br>
From:<br><a href="http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/02/11/told_to_wait_a_marine_dies/" target="_blank">http://www.boston.com/news/nation/ar...a_marine_dies/</a>
 

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Next time some of you ant-war folk get some static about not 'supporting the troops', feel free to ram this information down the person's gullet....<br><br><b>Veterans Face Consecutive Budget Cuts</b><br><br>
"The Bush administration plans to cut funding for veterans' health care two years from now _ even as badly wounded troops returning from Iraq could overwhelm the system.<br><br>
"Bush is using the cuts, critics say, to help fulfill his pledge to balance the budget by 2012.<br><br>
"After an increase sought for next year, the Bush budget would turn current trends on their head. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Even though the <b>cost</b> of providing medical care to veterans has been <b>growing rapidly</b></span> _ by more than 10 percent in many years _ White House budget documents <i>assume consecutive cutbacks in 2009 and 2010 and a freeze thereafter</i>."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.comcast.net/news/politics/index.jsp?cat=POLITICS&fn=/2007/02/12/585125.html" target="_blank">http://www.comcast.net/news/politics...12/585125.html</a>
 
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