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PTSD patients deserve better


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 07, 2012

~~<p>More than 300,000 troops have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury or some combination of those, and military physicians are challenged to examine each individually. Frustrated at the attention given to his PTSD, Schofield Barracks Sgt. Daniel McCarley is staying with friends on Oahu without leave, for the second time since the first of the year. The case is a kick-start for the Army and other military branches to give full and forceful attention to the growing wave of brave Americans bearing the scars of war.</p>
<p>&quot;The numbers are alarming,&quot; states the recent Army report, &quot;Generating Health and Discipline in the Force Ahead of the Strategic Reset,&quot; which forecasts a PTSD &quot;epidemic&quot; in a post-Iraq and -Afghanistan era.</p>
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More than 300,000 troops have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury or some combination of those, and military physicians are challenged to examine each individually. Frustrated at the attention given to his PTSD, Schofield Barracks Sgt. Daniel McCarley is staying with friends on Oahu without leave, for the second time since the first of the year. The case is a kick-start for the Army and other military branches to give full and forceful attention to the growing wave of brave Americans bearing the scars of war.

"The numbers are alarming," states the recent Army report, "Generating Health and Discipline in the Force Ahead of the Strategic Reset," which forecasts a PTSD "epidemic" in a post-Iraq and -Afghanistan era. Login for more...



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