Monday, May 15, 2006

Suicidal troops sent into combat

U.S. military violated own rules on mentally ill troops, newspaper finds

U.S. military troops with severe psychological problems have been sent to Iraq or kept in combat, even when superiors have been aware of signs of mental illness, a newspaper reported for Sunday editions.

The Hartford Courant, citing records obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act and more than 100 interviews of families and military personnel, reported numerous cases in which the military failed to follow its own regulations in screening, treating and evacuating mentally unfit troops from Iraq.

Some service members who committed suicide in 2004 and 2005 were kept on duty despite clear signs of mental distress.

Read the full article Here


Blogger thepoetryman said...

How sad that the values we pretend to be fighting for are nonexistent for those making the decisions. This is one big cluster-Enron!

May 15, 2006 2:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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May 15, 2006 4:49 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

The military is recruiting the mentally handicapped as well.


May 15, 2006 6:23 pm  
Blogger Toby said...

I simply must point out a statement from the article that I have a hard time understanding.

"Some service members who committed suicide in 2004 and 2005 were kept on duty despite clear signs of mental distress."

Does anybody else find this a bit odd? If a service member committs suicide, I am sure they would have clear signs of mental distress: they're dead!

May 16, 2006 12:54 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

LOL they commited suicide during or after conflict the point is that the distress was obvious BEFORE the suicide and could (maybe) of been prevented

Of course if we wish to be real picky you could say that they have no signs of mental distress , they are dead :-)

but it is safe to assume that the assesments were made whilst the soldiers were still living

May 16, 2006 1:54 am  
Blogger nazali said...

you laugh.. thats sick :/

May 16, 2006 2:52 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

I laughed at the comment from toby Nazali not the content of the post (I posted it)

Take a look around before you judge me so quickly

May 16, 2006 4:34 am  

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