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On Sunday, NPR interviewed Gen. Peter Chiarelli, former vice chief of staff for the U.S. Army regarding US Troops mental health. A candid and straight forward interview, covering a dynamic and not so straight forward topic.
For instance, the general noted that raising awareness is important "but at the same time, you do not want to leave the general public with the idea that everyone is suffering from these traumas." Who wants to hire a Vet with a disorder?
The interview touched on the need for better diagnostic tools as the troops. "I don't trust those as much [current TBI survey] because soldiers know how to answer those in order to be able to go home to their loved ones and not be caught up in future evaluations," Chiarelli says.
After 10 years, it appears that the military wants to take a more open and direct look at healthcare for it's troops. Have a read. What do you think?
Troops' Mental Health: How Much Is Unknown? http://www.npr.org/2012/03/18/148849289/troops-mental-health-how-much-is-unknown