Originally Posted by Cajuncowboy
I don't want to turn this political but this is an area where our government in general is falling down terribly. These men and women need to get the help they need to overcome this. If they are having these kinds of issues, it is the responsibility of the government to see to it they are treated. I know at so many veterans hospitals the funding is either misspent or lacking in general.
Our heroes deserve better than they get.
"The help they need..." which is what? There is no one size fits all. The doctors themselves don't even know what to do imo. There is no cure, no magic pill or medicine. The symptoms may lay dormant for a long time and then all of the sudden come to the surface. Mental illness is a cruel disease; even if you identify it, there isn't a whole lot that can be done in a lot of cases. Some of these soldiers may have had hidden issues even before entering the service.
Yeah, the government has a responsibility to a point. Uncle Sam can throw money at the issue (and he does). But, that doesn't guarantee anything. I don't know the answers. And I don't think the medical field knows a whole lot more. If the patient refuses treatment, there ain't squat you can do. What good is paying a therapist, if the patient doesn't show up?
Sad dilemma. I don't have the answer.