THE "NOT-SO" NEWS/JBLA: Mental Health Syndrome Not Caused By War

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Mental Health Syndrome Not Caused By War

In a newly released document, government officials confirmed they have released more than 1,000 soldiers currently serving in Iraq and Afganastan due to what they describe as a personality disorder.

According to the Army's surgeon general who was quoted as saying "there is something very demanding and tough about being in combat", they feel that those being released for this disorder before completion of their duties were fucked up long before they were deployed to a foreign country to fight in a war where they were likely to be killed or maimed.

In trying to battle this syndrome the Army says it has deployed more than 200 mental health workers who will try to see the nearly 500,000 soldiers currently serving during this combat.

Critics argue that these early releases did not take into account several important factors that may have led to these personality disorders such as the language barrier, having to constantly shoot complete strangers, dodging air missiles, avoiding roadside bombs, or sleeping in a hole in the ground with one eye open surrounded by temporary friends who at any moment could be wiped off the face of the earth.

One soldier who recieved an early discharge due to undue stress, or what the government officially told him was a personality disorder, said it was a relief to be home and away from all that noise.

"It's good to be home even though the images of massive graves, body parts scattered all over the ground or remembering the look in someones eyes right before I put a bullet in their head still haunt me," he said."My mom went out of her way to spruce up my bedroom closet when she knew I was coming back because she figured it was small, damp and dark enough to make me feel right at home."

7 Comments:

Blogger jbwritergirl said...

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6:15 AM  
Anonymous Daniel Haszard said...

Bravo your blog,they are risking life and limb in the defense of our country.Back in the early 1970’s i worked with a crew of Vietnam vets many who were deeply troubled with PTSD.

It’s about time the mental health concerns of military personnel and their dependents gets priority.–Daniel Haszard

12:43 PM  
Blogger Ron Bramlett said...

Who's gonna treat the 200 mental health workers?

1:41 PM  
Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

I agree with Ron B., anyone who goes over to Iraq is going to need some type of counseling. --Jim

2:35 PM  
Blogger meloncutter said...

Most of those needing treatment were probably undiagnosed AD/HD and were deprived all of the needed drugs that schools demand and doctors prescribe..... After all.... we are keeping most children stoned on stuff now just because they act like kids and dont appear mature enough.... they must have missed a few here and there.
nooowwwwwww... w h e r e a r e m y P i l l s...
wow man......

6:55 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

JB,
Loved the post. What is wrong with the government anyway? apparently everyone has some type of syndrome or disorder today. War changes people as well. They are away from their loved ones fighting in a fucking desert, of course some are gonna go loopy.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Maybe they can start passing out prozac, lithium, etc with the MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) ... a little mood stabilizing appetizer, as it were.

11:17 PM  

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