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  • PTSD & the USMC

    From the December issue of the Marine Corps Gazette:

    First on page three John Keegans column describes what the US Army used to call "Command Emphasis" on PTSD. To sumarize the MEF commanders (the senior operational commanders in the USMC) have submitted in writing the need to change the methods for dealing PTSD within the Corps. The current methods are described as buercratic and .."inconsistant with other training cetifications." The current predeployment and post deployment health assesments are described as ..."vague and...not supporting clinicians and operational forces."

    My take on this is the MEF commanders are making a effort to directly influence policy in the USN medical service, and alter command attention and policy all the way down the chain of commanding officers. That such attention should be taken by senior commanders suggest a serious diagrement with current policy and practice in both areas.

    On page 25 is the start of a four page artical giving detailed instruction for making and pushing through a claim to the Veterans Administration for PSTD disability.

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    IMHO, the whole system of identifying PTSD in today's military is flat-out broken, at least it was a year ago.

    The largest problem is not in the Marines, but in the reserve components, since PTSD may come up a year or two later, when the servicemember is no longer covered by the military healthcare program. That's been recognized by "the system" but it seems to me they are at a loss about what to do with it. Decades of underfunding for the VA have left them incapable of handling the load they have now, let alone hundreds or thousands of possible PTSDers showing up need needing an eval and then treatment.

    For servicemembers who are still in, there should be a review 6 months or a year later by someone qualified to ID signs of PTSD. Currently there is none, so servicemembers who begin to show signs don't know it and don't get the care they need. On top of that, there remains an informal stigma against any kind of stress disorder -- "I thrive on stress" is a catchphrase that should never be heard, and it's a lie.

    Somebody with some sense needs to review and then overhaul the whole system for IDing and treating PTSD. I suspect it's a far worse problem than anyone knows.
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    • #3
      What a coinkidink, I just posted something I read about PTSD in military medicine. It involved the use of virtual reality therapy.
      TTFN

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kendoka Girl View Post
        What a coinkidink, I just posted something I read about PTSD in military medicine. It involved the use of virtual reality therapy.
        Thanks...I'm bringing it up now. To be honest, I didn't know we had a medicine forum.
        Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
        Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


        "Never pet a burning dog."

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        http://www.sca.org
        http://www.scv.org/
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        • #5
          The attention of the MEF commanders follows a earlier intitiative from HQMC establishing two 'wounded' battalions. Instead of automaticly placing revovering wounded on medical leave, or as members of a USN or other DoD medical facility with only tenous command oversight from the USMC, the recuperating Marines are members of a USMC battalion with officers posseing command authority and directly responsible for their welfare.

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          • #6
            Do you mean the "Wounded Marine Regiment"?
            Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
            Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


            "Never pet a burning dog."

            RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
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            http://www.sca.org
            http://www.scv.org/
            http://www.scouting.org/

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            • #7
              Last I read there was one battalion each established at Lejune and Pendelton. Am looking for the October issue of the Gazette to see if there anything in it on this.

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