Originally Posted by ninja
"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.
They are often just shrugged at because of the very thing you mentioned. They don't know what to do with it so they do nothing. And because of that they often feel isolated and cornered. When that happens they lash out and they revert to what they know. And in too many cases it's violence. The admin has diverted so much funding into black holes yet one of most valuable assets, our vets, suffer.
I don't have the answer either but there should be a lot more focus on these kinds of things than there currently is.