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Old 11-05-2009, 10:11 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by PastramiX View Post
Well, yes, except in Vietnam, where Army couldn't get enough of poverty-stricken blacks. So, yes, you can say that the Army doesn't discriminate against non-whites.
You're talking about the Army of 30 years ago during the turmoil of the Civil Rights era. I'm talking about the current one.

Originally Posted by PastramiX
And, personally, this isn't quite surprising; it's a simply fact that multiple deployments will only drive one to commit an act such as this. Apparently, the rampant increase in the military personnel suicide rate hasn't massively revamped the handling of the mental health of veterans, so I'll wait and see if a massacre such as this does. I'd probably elicit a "No" out of it all, but that's just me.
The military simply doesn't have enough mental health personnel to handle it all. There is a major effort in the military to work on suicide prevention right now (I've even got mailings about it from Tricare, the military medical insurance), but they need to recruit and retain more qualified people. The mental health professionals currently on active duty are having to serve extra tours than most because there simply aren't enough of them to rotate in and out. Also, dealing with military PTSD is different from, say, drug counseling, post-crime PTSD, treating bipolar or schizophrenia, marriage therapy, and so on, so it requires extra training for people who aren't specialists in those areas.

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