Thursday, October 29, 2015

Army still under fire for PTSD handling

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Yesterday NPR aired a segment titled Missed Treatment: Soldiers With Mental Health Issues Dismissed For 'Misconduct' which made many references to Fort Carson and soldiers based here in Colorado Springs. 

The central subject of the feature is stage sgt. Eric James, who secretly recorded more than 20 hours of his sessions with Army therapists, revealing several instances of what amount to misconduct on their end according to other mental health professionals who heard the tapes and weighed in. 

It's a heavy piece of journalism and worth a read or listen. 

But it's also worth noting that this type reporting was also featured here in the Indy nearly a decade ago, as then-staff-writer Michael de Yoanna did a series of pieces around the same subject. 

Here are some links if you care to delve further back into the history of this topic:

• Post-traumatic stress disorder is crippling thousands of soldiers, but Fort Carson officials aren't ready to talk about it

• Fort Carson soldiers allege abuse and intimidation

• With Congress casting an eye, Fort Carson confirms a huge jump in PTSD cases


Assertions of the Army's negligence to properly handle soldiers with PTSD are nothing new.
  • Assertions of the Army's negligence to properly handle soldiers with PTSD are nothing new.

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