Sunday, January 20, 2008

interesting article...

I just found out that two guys I deployed with last time are in pretty bad shape. One is in a 6 month resident PTSD program with the VA in California, and the other is doing an out-patient thing in Colorado. Neither can hold a job steady. Then a 3rd guy in Chicago has been foreclosed on his house, failed out of college and is starting alcohol treatment programs. None of them is over 25 I don't think.

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/new-generation-of-homeless-vets-appears/20080120075509990001

6 Comments:

Blogger Teena said...

That's very sad :(

5:51 PM  
Blogger Paperback Writer said...

Yes, it is very sad.

6:56 PM  
Blogger HRH Courtney, Queen of Everything said...

My sister was dating an Iraq vet for a while, and he had some significant issues regarding PTSD. It eventually broke them up, but he is seeking treatment, which is good.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Gnightgirl said...

I have a feeling that I will one day graduate from beanie babies and move on to this cause, and the general treatment of vets in this country. So much bureaucratic red tape keeps so many from getting the help they need...

6:28 AM  
Blogger Loving Annie said...

Sean,
That is sad. Stress like what you get during a deployment has to be overwhelming... I bet a lot of people are never really the same afterwards. It is good there is treatment for PTSD, but that doesn't take it away, just makes it understandable and tolerable, at best...

4:14 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

reminds me of an ani difranco song

"if you're not angry, then you're just stupid or you don't care, how else can you react when you know something's so unfair, when the man of the hour can kill half the world at war, make them slaves to a superpower and let them die poor"

something to be said for angry chic rock.

why doesn't our government take care of the people who risked their lives fighting for it?

8:27 AM  

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