NAT – trumpet playing
A FAREWELL SALUTE TO THOSE WHO’VE SERVED…
IN THE WAKE LAST WEEK’S KILLINGS AT FORT HOOD, THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF VETERAN’S MINDS
21;38;48 – Daniel Grant, Veterans Affairs Director
“From the beginning of this conflict I think it’s become very clear that the signature wound of our post dramatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.”
DURING THE VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION AT SOLDIER FIELD PORTRAITS OF FALLEN COMRADES COVERED THE STADUIM WALLS…. MEMBERS OF THE DEPAUL VETERANS ADVOCACY GROUP ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDER IN COMBAT
20;44;07 – Derrick Winding, President – Veterans Advocacy Group
“A lot of veterans. It’s not so much that we don’t want to get help but we’re used to pick our own bootstraps up and carry on. That was me.”
20;32;15 – Katherine West, Army Veteran
“One of the key issues I think is to encourage soldiers to get help. Sometimes when we come back we don’t understand. We don’t have all the knowledge about post-dramatic stress disorder, depression, brain injury.”
20;36;54 - Katherine
“We do battle a lot. Being away from our families, being away from our homes, going oversees for extended periods of time. It takes a lot of intestinal fortitude…”
WHILE THEY MAY NOT BE VISIBLE, THE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL INJURIES OF WAR CAN CUT AS DEEP AS ANY WOUND.
21;39;53 – 21;40;01 - Grant
“More veterans have committed suicide since the beginning of the war on terror than causalities that we have on the war on terror. That’s unbelievable.”
Mental Heath - Grant
“It’s the principle of our country really to make sure that the mental health of our service members who go out, fight for us are taken care of when they come back.”
PEER COUNSELING AND EARLY DETECTION ARE KEYS TO TREATING MENTAL ILLNESS FOR VETERANS AND CURRENT SOLDIERS ALIKE.
VINCENT CRIDER, WHO RECEIVED NEWS OF THE FORT HOOD KILLINGS DURING A TRAINING EXERCISE, SAYS HE’LL NOW TAKE MENTAL HEALTH MORE SERIOUSLY.
21;05;43 – Vincent Crider
“It really opens your eyes to know that you know people that come from the same place that you come from that this stuff is real these people… people die. It’s shocking to know that these people grew up in the same place you grew up in they’re dying or their in critical condition from some type of event that happened like that.”
21;07;48 - Vincent
“You don’t know if there is another soldier that could possibly be in the same state like that. So I honestly believe they should look more the mental issues.”
SEAN COOLEY… MEDILL NEWS SERVICE
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