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Army Study Shows Troops Returning Home Show Greater Strain From Repeat Tours

Study Says Troops Coming Home Show Strain of Repeat Tours

These happy pictures were taken in Los Alamitos, California yesterday as more than 100 Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 185th Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company returned to the Joint Forces Training Base from Baghdad, Iraq. The soldiers served a seven-month tour in downtown Baghdad.

According to a study released by the army yesterday, homecomings aren't always seamless. The report showed the greatest strain on soldiers who have served multiple tours. The report said, "Soldiers on multiple deployments report low morale, more mental health problems, and more stress-related work problems. Soldiers on their third/fourth deployment are at particular risk of mental health problems." The rate of problems escalates per tour, from about 12 percent following the first tour, to 33 percent after three. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bliese, leader of the mental health survey teams said, "One of the conclusions that we draw from this is that soldiers are not resetting entirely before they get back into theater." He added that the soldiers interviewed felt that the "absolute minimum" that they needed was 12 months at home for every 12 months deployed.

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Jillness, that was such a nice thing to do! And, as long as it was the right kind of calling card (one that can be used to call interantionally from the Mideast), he should be able to use it. I've sponsored several drives to collect items to send to the troops, and calling cards are always one of the things on the list! For everyone out there wanting to send anything out, there's a website called www.americasupportsyou.mil that can help you find a group in your area where you can donate items to be sent over to service members.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
On the one hand, I want to say "yah, no shit". Of course it's hard to transition back to civilian life and of course it's harder still when you keep bouncing back to a war zone. I think it would be a lot better if they shortened the current deployment schedules. Twelve to 15 months is too long to be gone to try to come back and reset in less than a year. My husband always says that he'd be perfectly willing to be deployed 50% of the time if the rotations were more like 4 to 6 months. On the other hand, I get really tired of the stereotype of the shiftless, irreparably emotionally scarred, broken down veteran. The reality is far from that - give them some credit! Vietnam veterans, for example, are on the whole more educated, more employed and with more stable families than their civilian counterparts. But, for whatever reason people insist on believing they are a broken down group of men.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 8 years
Yeah, we are dealing with this now.Piper, you are correct. PTSD can present very late, one of my family experienced it from Vietnam, but not until the late 80s/ early 90s. Normally he would not have been covered, fortunately he had extended treatment benefits due to agent orange exposure.Trésjolie, I agree.Taking care of those who serve has nothing to do with parties, just with what is right.Imo, almost every politician, no matter the party, has failed to adequately secure service members, and their families, health and well being.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 8 years
Yeah, we are dealing with this now. Piper, you are correct. PTSD can present very late, one of my family experienced it from Vietnam, but not until the late 80s/ early 90s. Normally he would not have been covered, fortunately he had extended treatment benefits due to agent orange exposure. Trésjolie, I agree. Taking care of those who serve has nothing to do with parties, just with what is right. Imo, almost every politician, no matter the party, has failed to adequately secure service members, and their families, health and well being.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
I'm a big mushie. I know how it is.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Looking back, I really wish I wouldn't have teared up so much. I am sure it made me look crazy! I just had so many things I wanted to tell him but couldn't articulate, and it kind of overwhelmed me. SCHIP is a federal program that gives money to states to help provide health insurance to families with children, allowing states to provide their own guidelines within general federal guidelines. The problem is that it is underfunded and there are a lot of people that don't qualify. Recently there was a big bill that passed that would have given it more money and altered the guidelines. Obama's amendment was in this bill. It passed by a bi-partisan vote in both houses before it was vetoed by Bush.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Looking back, I really wish I wouldn't have teared up so much. I am sure it made me look crazy! I just had so many things I wanted to tell him but couldn't articulate, and it kind of overwhelmed me. SCHIP is a federal program that gives money to states to help provide health insurance to families with children, allowing states to provide their own guidelines within general federal guidelines. The problem is that it is underfunded and there are a lot of people that don't qualify. Recently there was a big bill that passed that would have given it more money and altered the guidelines. Obama's amendment was in this bill. It passed by a bi-partisan vote in both houses before it was vetoed by Bush.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
Jillness; your story made me tear up. It was a great gesture of you. :hug:
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
Jillness; your story made me tear up. It was a great gesture of you.:hug:
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
what is schip, ive heard of chip that is a health plan for middle class people that cant afford health insurance but make to much money to qualify for medicaid/medicare but never heard of schip
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
wow jillness that was sweet, im sure the gesture was all that mattered
Jillness Jillness 8 years
FYI- Obama sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to provide one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries. Do the family members of veterans think this would be helpful?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
FYI-Obama sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to provide one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries. Do the family members of veterans think this would be helpful?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Wow, I have so much love for the troops, and I really wish that our government would listen to the people when we say they NEED to be taken care of when they come home! Is there an issue that has more bi-partisan support when you look at the opinions of citizens (and not politicians)???????? A few years ago I was on a plane with a very young man in uniform who was flying to a base on his way to Iraq. When the plane landed, I got up and gave him a phone card with a 600 minutes on it, and told him that I hoped it helped him talk to his family a little bit. I then started bawling and had to walk away. Looking back, I doubt if the calling card gift did any good because they probably have phones and what not. I just hope he knew that Americans kept him in their heart, even if they didn't know him. I think we ALL want our troops to be taken care of.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Wow, I have so much love for the troops, and I really wish that our government would listen to the people when we say they NEED to be taken care of when they come home! Is there an issue that has more bi-partisan support when you look at the opinions of citizens (and not politicians)????????A few years ago I was on a plane with a very young man in uniform who was flying to a base on his way to Iraq. When the plane landed, I got up and gave him a phone card with a 600 minutes on it, and told him that I hoped it helped him talk to his family a little bit. I then started bawling and had to walk away. Looking back, I doubt if the calling card gift did any good because they probably have phones and what not. I just hope he knew that Americans kept him in their heart, even if they didn't know him. I think we ALL want our troops to be taken care of.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
It is truly sad they are just acknowledging this now. 3 years ago I was sitting in a Denver Airport bar talking to a 28 year-old man that had just retired from the army and I will never forget him telling me that the army said I was OK to go home but I do not think I really am. I felt so bad for him he told me the story of an 18 year-old that was killed in his unit and he totally had survivors guilt because that poor kid would never know what it was like to sit and have a conversation with someone in an Airport Bar he was clearly depressed and for the Army to tell him he was fine and send him on his way is just horrific. He also told me about the hate a majority of the Iraqi's have for americans it isn't at all what is being protrayed in the media as far as being welcomed with open arms.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
I only meant that my strong concern for our soldiers have nothing to do with the fact that I strongly opposed us going into Iraq in the first place. One does not replace the other. I do wonder how to keep our position in Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly Pakistan when we have stretched the limit to the extreme already. We will have to rely even more on the contractors like Blackwater; and not only will that be obscenely expensive; it will also not serve our control in the region. Many of our soldiers have gone out so many times now that it will not be responsible on any level to send them out again. It is a well known fact that soldiers can only handle combat in the field for a constricted amount of time, before they break down or become a living time bomb. Then it is not the enemy who is taking their lives, it is our military leaders. One thing that has always been special about the American Army is that we believe that no one is expendable, like the Japanese in WW2, or the Taliban members today. But if we keep it up in this pace it is reducing our soldiers lives to expendable pawn in the game we know as war. We need to think about how to solve this. On both sides of the isle.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
I only meant that my strong concern for our soldiers have nothing to do with the fact that I strongly opposed us going into Iraq in the first place. One does not replace the other. I do wonder how to keep our position in Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly Pakistan when we have stretched the limit to the extreme already. We will have to rely even more on the contractors like Blackwater; and not only will that be obscenely expensive; it will also not serve our control in the region. Many of our soldiers have gone out so many times now that it will not be responsible on any level to send them out again. It is a well known fact that soldiers can only handle combat in the field for a constricted amount of time, before they break down or become a living time bomb. Then it is not the enemy who is taking their lives, it is our military leaders. One thing that has always been special about the American Army is that we believe that no one is expendable, like the Japanese in WW2, or the Taliban members today. But if we keep it up in this pace it is reducing our soldiers lives to expendable pawn in the game we know as war. We need to think about how to solve this. On both sides of the isle.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Thanks Piper!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Thanks Piper!
piper23 piper23 8 years
I'm with you, shop. For me, this is way more than politics.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Exactly, piper. I'm glad you had the research that I didn't.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I don't think this is a partisan issue, at all. Many, many Republicans have voted for budgets that increased funding to the troops, as well. You can't look at one bill that decreased funding and say that makes this a partisan issue.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I would also suggest that the next time a veterans appropriations bill is up for a vote that the senate pass it as is and not try to attach a $150.7 billion spending bill for the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services - along with a $1 million requested by Sen. Hilary Clinton for a museum celebrating the Woodstock Music Festival, the $250,000 requested by Speaker Nancy Pelosi for something called an "Exploratorium" in her district in San Francisco, or the $1.7 million of taxpayer-funded earmark to the Centers for Disease Control to provide "liaisons" for Hollywood medical dramas. Democrats. All of them. Way to support the troops.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I would also suggest that the next time a veterans appropriations bill is up for a vote that the senate pass it as is and not try to attach a $150.7 billion spending bill for the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services - along with a $1 million requested by Sen. Hilary Clinton for a museum celebrating the Woodstock Music Festival, the $250,000 requested by Speaker Nancy Pelosi for something called an "Exploratorium" in her district in San Francisco, or the $1.7 million of taxpayer-funded earmark to the Centers for Disease Control to provide "liaisons" for Hollywood medical dramas. Democrats. All of them. Way to support the troops.
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