More serious support for the troops

More serious support for the troops

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Washington is now catching up with the neglect of prior years.

The deal is that the Senate passed a critical mental health screening program as part of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.
The new program would require the Department of Defense to
conduct confidential face-to-face mental health screenings by a
certified professional for every service member returning from combat. 

Here's what Paul Rieckhoff, head of the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA.org) has to say:

“For far too long, the military has deferred to an
ineffective paperwork system to address the invisible wounds of men and
women coming home. It’s no wonder that less than half of those with a
mental health injury are getting treatment.”


“Like any battle, our military must be
properly equipped to defeat the enemy. Today, we are one step closer to
accomplishing this mission. Mandatory mental health screenings by a
certified professional has been a top priority for IAVA for many years.  Today’s action will go a long way towards reducing stigma and getting our heroes the help they need.”

Disclaimer: to do my part, I've jointed the board of IAVA.

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