Steve's Soapbox

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Brownwood PTSD

Abilene reporter News Letter to the Editor

Good reporting
November 22, 2005

I would like to thank you for your front page Nov. 13 reporting of returning U.S. military personnel who are in desperate need of medical services related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

I believe you should be commended for your comprehensive coverage which included interviews and information from Lt. Col. Scott R. Bleichwehl of the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office, Billy Murphey of the Brown County Veterans Service Office, Veterans Administration, Amer ican Psychological Association, Associated Press, as well as the Hounshell family.

I would like to close with this:

''Research has already demonstrated that military service in Iraq and Afghanistan, like service in past combat zones, is having an adverse effect on the mental health of our men and women in uniform. More than one million men and women in uniform have rotated through combat in Iraq and Afghan-istan, and estimates of those affected by PTSD could be as high as one-in-five. Moreover, recent Government Account-ing Office reports indicate that Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense do not have the capacity to meet the increasing mental health needs of returning war veterans.''


Steve Harris

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