Archive for July 2012
My guests are John Ketwig, Vietnam veteran and author of “... and a hard rain fell- a GI’s true story of the War in Vietnam”, SFC Lynn XXX, Us army retired, a military sexual abuse survivor, Major Denise Nichols, RN, USAF retired, and Keith XXX , who is Desert Storm veteran affected by PTSD and who had a niece who was on active duty commit suicide recently at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. We initiate our discussion on PTSD, it's affects, sexual abuse, and some suggestions of what needs to be done light of astronomical suicide rate in the military, the findings by the National Academy of sciences that PTSD care inadequate, and the growing need to ensure all veterans can lead productive lives.
We discuss the stinging assessment of VA programs as completed by the VA's own research advisory committee that found:
VA Misdirected Gulf War Illness Research, focusing on efforts against Gulf War veterans rather than working to improve our health; VA Misrepresented Scientific Conclusions About GWI and the effort being made to address it, including whitewashing GWI out of a major, groundbreaking, consensus-developed strategic plan that had previously been aimed squarely at GWI treatments VA Ignored Public Panels (such as the RAC), including in a major national study that ignored GWI and instead focused largely on long discredited "stress" and psychological issues VA Slashed GWI Research Budget by two-thirds, from $15 million per year to less than $5 million per year VA Failed to Follow Law (1), by not contracting with the IOM to research multiple sclerosis among Gulf War veterans, as mandated by Congress. VA Failed to Follow Law (2), by not researching treatments for physical ailments as mandated by Congress, instead focusing on scientifically discredited “stress” and psychiatric theories, in a new IOM "treatment" panel created this year. this was written up very well by Anthony Hardy in his commentary here.