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I understand that mental health is difficult, but that does not make it any less unstable. As this article points out many medications have side effects that make many normal aspects of life more difficult. This article also mentions that medications are changed when they are not working correctly and many people with bipolar disorder do not report symptoms.

Although I sympathize with Grant's struggle, I can also understand where his wife is coming from. This article did mention his having supervised visits. This does not mean he's cut off completely, it just means Heidi is being careful. It is always a good idea to be careful with children. During childhood, so much is at stake. Children learn who they are and how to act. Beyond this their brains are developing thought patterns and behaviors. A traumatic experience can lead to many problems throughout adulthood. Heidi is trying to avoid that, both by allowing supervised visits (as loss of a parent can be traumatic) as well as things that could happen if left alone with their father. This does not mean Grant is a bad person, but it is difficult to feel a child is safe with someone who is prone to bipolar symptoms as well as side effects from medications. Furthermore, his diagnosis continues to become more severe. This is troubling as well. It is important to feel comfortable with who your children are with and to know that person is stable.

This story is designed to play on human emotions. It is also quite long which makes me wonder what the other side of the story is. The length would lead me to believe there is a lot of content when in reality there is very little surrounded by emotional fluff. This concerns me as well for the validity of this article.

Finally, this article shows quite well how selfish and uncaring our military is. Although they have improved some over the years, ultimately, they seem unconcerned with the safety of everyone from individuals to the nation. Had they accepted Grant's diagnosis and helped him sooner, all this could have been avoided. This happens all to often in the military. Oftentimes, there are laws passed or promises made, but the military finds loopholes. Military families receive some of the worst healthcare available, then are expected to endure high physical and psychological stress. I hope people read this article and start realizing the truth of our militia. They very influential in many aspects of government (right down to the school lunch program in schools) and find ways around providing services most employers file along with basic human rights.

In the end this is a very unfortunate story that we as Americans can learn from; however, there is very little to be done for Grant. The military may call his life a casualty of war, but with the evidence and lack of stability, he will have to work very very hard to rise to what he aspired to. Grant can blame his problems on the military, but in the end he did do everything that is keeping him away from his children. Heidi has a right to protect her children from both real and perceived threats; Grant will have to live with his own mistakes as well as the military's mental illness or not.

Posted by aquagirl on 03/25/2011 at 2:27 PM

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