You know, I am really tired of being outraged about my government. But it just goes on and on and on. I am beginning to think that is "their" plan -- wear us out with the outrages until we have no outrage left within us.
I guess that makes our job to maintain our sense of outrage no matter how much we must scrape the bottom of the barrel. I believe, I must believe, that we are up to the task. Stay outraged!
- The US Army has reportedly pressured its medical staff not to diagnose combat veterans, who had fought in Iraq, with post-traumatic stress disorder.
- A Combat veteran, who has been seeking treatment at Fort Carson for a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, had put a recording device into his pocket and set it on voice-activation in order to capture what the doctor tells him because of his war-damaged memory, Salon magazine reported Wednesday.
- His recording, however, unlocked a dark secret and documented the fact that the US military does not want Iraq veterans to be diagnosed with PTSD-- something that wounded soldiers and their advocates have long suspected.
- The shocking revelation follows remarks made by a retired Army psychiatrist who has recently said that the Army has ordered its medical staff to misdiagnose soldiers suffering from war-related PTSD to reduce their benefits.
- The Army and the Senate Armed Services Committee have refused to investigate the implications. [Emphasis mine. We had better harass the Senate Armed Services Committee about this little matter. At least ask why they won't investigate. The Senate voted for this "war;" they must be held accountable for the human costs. Unfortunately, John McCain is the ranking member. And, heaven help us, Jim Inhofe (OK) is on this committee. ]
Seems we just need to sweep out about the top 3 or 4 tiers of officers (in this case, actual military officers not just corporate officers). Move everybody else up and see if they can do a better job of actually attacking the problem instead of just trying to cover it up.
My God. What a mess. Do you suppose we will ever be able to get things straightened out again?