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Obama: Need to do better job with mental health for military
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, May 27, 2007

Upfront, I don't disagree with his point:
According to Obama's plan, scheduled to be released during a town hall-style meeting on Sunday, the military would require face-to-face mental health screenings for all service members. By making it mandatory, Obama said the military could reduce the stigma associated with mental health screening and treatment.

The plan also would institute early mental health screenings, so future psychological injuries could be more easily diagnosed and treated.


Obama aides cite statistics they say show the military has failed to serve returning troops. Almost a third of the 631,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are showing symptoms of psychological or neurological injury. Meanwhile, the military has shrunk its corps of clinical psychologists by 22 percent.

And 4 out of 10 active duty clinical psychologist' slots in the Army and Navy are not filled, according to the campaign.
However he may want to talk with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi so they're at least on the same sheet of music. Seems Congress disapproves of filling those type slots with civilian doctors when necessary:
A prohibition [by Congress] on converting medical jobs held by military members into civilian positions drew opposition [from the administration]. “This will eliminate the flexibility of the Secretary of Defense to use civilian medical personnel for jobs away from the battlefield and at the same time use the converted military billets to enhance the strength of operating units,” the policy statement says.
But, even if his own party doesn't feel it to be a priority, it is still a good idea.
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According to Obama’s plan, scheduled to be released during a town hall-style meeting on Sunday, the military would require face-to-face mental health screenings for all service members.
Let’s do that for members of Congress and ex-Presidents too.
Written By: Aldo
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Interesting, the earlier today, CNN was doing an extensive story on the state of the mental health of those returning from the Iraq war . The report suggested among other things that there was an extraordinarily high instance of posttraumatic syndrome such as was seen during and after Vietnam.

Now suddenly, we see Obama making the very same noises.... whereas prior to the CNN story, nobody had heard much of anything about it.

Written By: Bithead
This is going to require a tremendous amount of new resources($). Where does he propose we get the thousands of new QUALIFIED psychologists/psychiatrists, since we cannot even fill the present demand? Just to set the standards for this "face-to-face" screening will take many moons.
Written By: timactual
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Still, at least it’s a thoughtful idea. Obama actually scores one with me. Dang, didn’t see that coming...

Written By: peter jackson
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