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Three Point Program to address Military Stress-Related Issues

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WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, want to ensure the following programs are instituted for all our military personnel. These programs could come under the Joshua Omvig Suicide Prevention Act, or perhaps as an extension of the Transition Assistance Program.

1) Goal: To institute mandatory "grief" counseling for all military personnel as an integral part of the boot camp programs. It would be similar to that which the police and fire fighter personnel receive, so as to enable them to more effectively cope with the emotions that are associated with the trauma of loss of life and limb.
Justification: A) Our troops go into combat totally unprepared for the trauma to come. B) This preparation would pave the way for making treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) more acceptable and more effective. C) Troops would be more effective and efficient in accomplishing assigned tasks.

1) Goal: Establishment of a mandatory Civilian Re-Entry Program for all military personnel prior to discharge. This could be accomplished efficiently in larger groups. Justification: A) This will give personnel tools and skills to assist them in dealing with the transition to civilian life. B)
It ensures more effective screening of those who are severely affected but who neither recognize nor admit it. C) Making the program mandatory, as well as calling it a Civilian Re-Entry Program removes the stigma of PTSD and acknowledges that it is a human condition, that the personnel are not broken nor weak. D) Making the program mandatory prior to discharge also enables those who receive a Section 8 or conditional discharge to get appropriate attention they would otherwise not get due to the loss of benefits. E) This program ensures that no one slips through the cracks.

1) Goal: Making support groups available after discharge, similar to a 12-Step program, to enable separated personnel to continue to lead productive lives. Justification: Such a program would foster more trust among veterans, the government and civilians through concrete evidence that the nation they served cares enough to do something both practical and effective.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER.

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February 26, 2016
Someone from Altamonte Springs, FL signed.
May 26, 2014
Someone from Dallas, TX writes:
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--RICHARD COWAN-- Feb 27, 2014 (Reuters) - 'U.S. Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget. Even though the legislation cleared a procedural vote on Tuesday by a 99-0 vote, the measure quickly got bogged down in partisan fighting. Supporters said the measure would have brought the most significant changes in decades to U.S. veterans' programs. For example, it called for 27 new medical facilities to help a healthcare system that is strained by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.' More vets died today from suicide than died in combat. Happy Memorial Day when we take care of our vets. This is an outrage. To fix the challenge: 1. End bail outs by reinstating Glass-Steagall standards of banking, 2. Initiate a continental water management project hiring 5 million people, 3. Impeach any leader that stands in the way of Glass-Steagall and/or NAWAPA, 4. Reinstate Hill-Burton health care
November 26, 2013
Someone from Springfield, OH signed.
November 13, 2012
Someone from Ringwood, NJ writes:
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The men and women that serve our country deserve our best when they return. Please help.
July 8, 2012
Someone from San Diego, CA signed.
June 24, 2012
Someone from Greenville, SC writes:
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My dad suffered from untreated PTSD after serving five years in the military. It affected him terrible and his children and grandchildren still suffer as a result of what we lost having a father who was a fractured soul. He got no help. These vets deserve the best care money can buy and our country has the resources to help them. Shame on our government for not providing top notch care to our vets. These are tax dollars well worth spent and this problem affects their families for generations.
May 26, 2012
Someone from Highland Park, NJ writes:
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As someone who was in that place, where Suicide seemed The Solution, I got help, and was told - repeatedly until it sank in - "Suicide is A Permanent Answer to A Temporary Problem" Don't Make Politics As Usual The PROBLEM that Won't Go Away for Our Vets! FIX the problems, that's what you were elected to do, in God's Name if not in the Name for all our Vets, living and dead - sadly by their own hand. I hope you have a rough time sleeping, until constructive action is taken in this urgent matter. "Thanking You In Advance"
4 years ago
Someone from Glendale, AZ writes:
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There are no good reasons for not having this program already. What are we waiting for? Every 80 minutes we lose another vet or service member to suicide. When will enough be enough?
March 13, 2012
Someone from Edison, NJ writes:
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It took my more than half of my life to understand that my father a WW2 vet who served for five years on the battlefront in Europe was suffering severely from PTSD. It affected our whole family and still does even though he is long gone. His mind would go black and he couldn't think whenever he was under stress. He was highly intelligent and had a soul that wouldn't hurt a fly. His life and in many ways ours were tormented by his war experience. I am not a liberal nor a democrat, but these soldiers deserve the best medical care the country has to offer. They shouldn't have to beg for it, or be left not knowing what is wrong with them. Shame on the US for not taking care of the military. We have the best medical care available in the world and these people should have it at their disposal.
March 12, 2012
Someone from Norco, CA signed.