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Points of Concern For Soldiers

There is a great deal of military speak in this, I will put in parenthesis what the acronym is when it appears the first time.) R and R would be correctly written as R ampersand R but Blogger won't let me use an ampersand.

My areas of concern:
1)    PCP (Primary care provider) not immediately referring soldier to R and R (Resilience and Restoration Center) or other resources when presenting with problems that could be both physical and mental health. IE: sleep disorders, sex drive, panic attacks

2)    TriCare referral system: PCP requests referral to psychiatrist for soldier; soldier waits approximately 2 weeks to receive paperwork in the mail; referred Doctor is booked for months out; Tricare cannot change the doctor; soldier has to return to PCP and restart the process (Soldier is still not referred to R and R)
3)    When a soldier that has never had a discipline problem or one that has always been a leader suddenly exhibits bad behavior that is out of their character the CoC (Cha…

PTSD and Substance Abuse Research

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I am working on a presentation that will be presented to Fort Hood General Milner and then through a chain to the Pentagon. I need help from you in the way of research.

I am going to be presenting the fact that soldiers are still not being properly diagnosed and treated when a mental health issue arises. By the time a soldier realizes they need help the problem could be more than the soldier can handle which often times leads to suicide. The Chain of Command probably would not even notice or recognize many of the problems a soldier is already having.

I want to present that because PTSD goes unnoticed for so long that when poor conduct appears it should be taken into consideration when a soldier is counseled.

I want to present that PTSD and Substance Abuse{drugs and/or alcohol} treatment need to be combined for soldiers with both problems. (Which is quite common.) I want to show that without both being treated together there is a high chance of relapse. Often causing more problems for…

Fighting a broken system.

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I have been in a fight lately. A fight for someones life and livelihood. Not for myself. For an Army soldier.

What I have learned in the past year is that the Army has really big talk for suicide prevention and treatment for PTSD but they have no desire to actually act on their big talk.

What I have learned is that the Army chooses to punish soldiers with illness rather than deal with the issues at hand. This situation could have escalated because command changed so often that no one really knew who the soldier was.

What I have learned is that the Army does not like to be told they are doing this.

What I have learned is that when you point out the problem the Army punishes the soldier more.

What I have learned is that the Army simply does not care about their Soldier.

Here is a scenario. A soldier spends many years in the service. He gets awards for excellence and everyone goes to them whenever they need something done. For as many years the soldier has never been a disciplinary issu…

It will never happen to me.

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No matter where you live there is always a chance for a disaster that will leave you without power, water and food. I am not telling you to go out and become a doomsday prepper. I'm just saying that no matter where you are you need to have a plan.

Think about where you live. Now look at the list below and determine which type of emergency could happen to you. I put an X next to the ones I have to consider.

Hurricanes
Floods
Earthquakes
Wildfires X
Tornadoes X
Home Fires X
Blackouts X
Biological Threats X

That is quite a few for me. Most I can just stay at home. Wildfires might require evacuation. So I plan accordingly and keep an emergency bag in the car and a bag inside that could be grabbed on my way out the door.

The most common statement is "This happens to other people. I never thought it would happen to me." Have you heard people say that on the news during an interview? I have, many times. I used to think the same way. FEMA recommends a 3 day supply of food and wa…