We continued with our ongoing discussion on ways for solving the ptsd and suicide crises. the following pts brochure (it is attached- please post- distribute) and a focus on a higher calling such as described in "MY QUILT" " from an unknown author can help. We all need to make the choice to move forward and grow based on the trauma we experienced. As discussed during this weeks program we can all excel and survive but it requires effort, dedication, and acceptance of help.
During May 10 warrior Connection Denise and Doug discussed last weeks Va research Advisory board meeting and round table discussion with a bunch of vets, hot line investigation under U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (DC 202 224-5274 or Miami 305-536-5999) , and DoD admission hot line for chemical exposures. ODS, OIF OEF OND VETS SHOULD CALL ARMY HOT LINE AT 800 497 6261 if they think they were exposed to ensure medical care and notify their va or civilian primary care physician.
Authors R. Bruce Logan and Elaine Head, who live part-time in Vietnam, joined Warrior Connection co-hosts, Doug Rokke and Patricia Axelrod for a discussion of Bruce and Elaine's experience in Vietnam and their book entitled 'Back to Vietnam - Tours of the Heart'.
Why are so many of our young Military personnel so messed up?
Many people think that Wounded Warriors are mainly comprised of those who have gone overseas to defend our Country. That is true to a great extent, but many of those who have not been deployed are also showing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress.
During the April 5 warrior connection we continue our discussion on suicide, medical care, and the va mess and how to correct it in honor of ssg paul lyons. Draft suggestions include: ALL THE PERTINENT DOCUMENTS ARE FULLY DISTRIBUTED VA- DOD LEADERS must PUBICALLY ADMIT the CORRELATION BETWEEN TOXIC EXPOSURES AND ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS as already known in internal reports. CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATON must be made available and completed such as initiated in the ATTACHED POWER POINT. The numerous investigative documentaries must be made available and watched to begin to comprehend and resolve the lingering problems. MEDICAL CARE must be optimized. PROMPTNESS STOP OVERT AND HIDDEN RETALIATION THOROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION to mitigate exposures ADEQUATE STAFFING coordinated medical care appointments 10 TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THESE WARS. Ethical moral dimension 11, REPORT ACTUAL CASUALTIES NOT REDUCED NUMBERS crisis line follow up through referral verify definitive treatment- recovery plan. crises intervention team- chaplain, medic, no police swat team intervention unless chaplain makes call. return all phone calls requests for help before end of day- even if only contact. thorough support system- action plan. Coordinated family support- notification thorough primary and secondary – historical survey
This episode of Warrior Connection is dedicated to SSG Paul Lyons.