Thanks to all the forum vetrans for your service from the baddy household, (Chuck and Rose).
...and this in the Memorial day emails from:
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Operation Recovery Team steps up the pressure at Fort Hood
Today, our Operation Recovery team deployed at Fort Hood, Texas will attempt to meet with base commander General Donald Campbell to address concerns about the plight of the thousands of traumatized troops under his authority and care. His office has not responded to our previous attempts to communicate with him, including the hundreds of emails supporters like you have sent to bring this issue to his attention.
You can do your part to support our efforts this Memorial Day by sending a Letter to the Editor
to your local newspaper about the plight of traumatized troops at Fort Hood and across the military.
Fort Hood is ground zero in our fight to end the deployment of traumatized troops across the military. As the largest military installation in the United States, Fort Hood represents 10% of the Army's fighting force and rotates a large number of troops in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
A USA Today article last fall described the dire situation for troops dealing with trauma at Fort Hood, citing the following staggering statistics:
-Fort Hood psychological counselors meet with 4,000 patients every month. The base counseling services are overwhelmed and have to refer many soldiers for counseling off-base.
-In 2009, over 7,000 Fort Hood soldiers were on anti-depressant or anti-psychotic medications.
-As of last fall, there was only one social worker available at all of Fort Hood to handle cases of Military Sexual Trauma.
The article, written just 7 months ago, includes dire predictions from many Fort Hood staff that the problem would grow much worse with the continued conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is why we are at Fort Hood this summer. We are outreaching to soldiers and their families to gather data on the dire situation for traumatized troops at Fort Hood, and to help empower the military community there to take action and do something about it.
We know that Fort Hood is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this issue that is ravaging the entire military.
Help us raise awareness about the issue of traumatized troops in your local community by sending a Letter to the Editor this Memorial Day.
We will keep you posted about our attempts to meet with General Campbell.
Wish us luck!
The Operation Recovery Campaign Team