Mental Health Support in US Military, After Fort Hood

Monday, November 09, 2009

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 29 others during a shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas last week, is an Army psychiatrist, trained in treating combat stress in soldiers. That has raised questions about how the job of counseling affects military health professionals. Olga Peña, managing editor of The Killeen Daily Herald, joins us with the latest from Fort Hood. Bret A. Moore is a clinical psychologist who served in Iraq for 27 months; he left the Army in 2008 for a number of reasons, among them the growing possibility of burnout. He says that mental health workers in the Army, like all soldiers, are not required to seek counseling, but they do have the choice to seek help if they wish. Nelson Ford is the CEO of LMI Consulting and a former undersecretary of the Army.  He says the Army is doing a fine job of improving its response to mental health problems.

Guests:

Nelson Ford, Bret A. Moore and Olga Peña

Contributors:

Noel King

Comments [2]

MK Ultra

"He says the Army is doing a fine job of improving its response to mental health problems."

And the proof of this fine job is the hundreds of soldiers that have committed suicide plus the thousands more that have attempted it since coming back from Iraq not to mention the ones that go postal. Yeah, sure, leave it to a military shill to spew lies such as this one.

Here's the reality you should be looking at (and these aren't even progressive sites) instead of pawning this garbage on people:

Concern mounts over rising troop suicides
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/01/military.suicides/index.html

"It takes leadership and it takes a change in the culture of war," she said. She said some soldiers had reported receiving nothing more than an 800 number to call for help.

More soldiers committed suicide in January than killed by Al Qaeda
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/02/05/2009-02-05_more_soldiers_committed_suicide_in_janua.html

Nov. 09 2009 07:10 PM
Peg

Please explain what 'religiosity' is.

Nov. 09 2009 08:14 AM

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