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Pain Explained by Doctors, Veterans Having Harder Time Dealing
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 02, 2012 @ 3:19PM
Created on October 01, 2012 @ 10:59PM
Members of our armed forces are now committing suicide at such a rate, that it's killing more and more of our men and women than the enemy.
Monday at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, folks with hospice care, nurses and others had the opportunity to learn about pain.
Of the two speakers, one showed how acute pain transforms into chronic pain. The other talked about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Although there are some good things happening, like 1,500 more mental health staff members being placed in VA Hospitals, there's still a lot that needs to be done for veterans.
These servicemen and women will be coming home with polytrauma, which is the signature of these wars. They've been subjected to multiple types of incidents which has affected them in different ways.
"We're not prepared yet to help heal - and we need to get ahead of that curve," said Dr. Marcus Nemuth, the presenter of "The Many Faces of Pain: From the Battle Front to the Home Front - What Now?
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Oct 03, 2012 at 10:37 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. This is a national tragedy that needs national attention.
Oct 03, 2012 at 10:02 AM
My son was a soldier that completed suicide On September 15, 2011. He was a disabled vet. I hold the military responsible for this and the other suicides that occur. You can spend all the money you want on suicide prevention- you can talk about the subject until you are blue in the face- the fact is this is a bureaucracy that needs to change the culture of how we treat our wounded and disabled men when they are injured. The military medical delivery system is set up so that a wounded or fragile soldier is neglected, left to provide or fight for proper and adequate care. The med holds are appalling, the soldiers in active duty are consistently given the message that they should have come home in a body bag. The treatment of my son by the physicians caring for him was nothing short of abusive, arrogant, demeaning and meant to destroy to young mans spirit. There is a reason that suicides are up- the active military and VA give the message over and over again- that a disabled, wounded soldier is worthless. The suicide rate just verifies that the culture is strong. Soldiers are getting the message and taking things into their own hands. The military, Both active and VA give the soldiers the way, the permission and the vehicle to successfully compete suicide over and over again.
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