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Suicidal troops sent into combat

 
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05/15/2006 11:16 PM
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Suicidal troops sent into combat
[link to msnbc.msn.com]
HARTFORD, Conn. - U.S. military troops with severe psychological problems have been sent to Iraq or kept in combat, even when superiors have been aware of signs of mental illness, a newspaper reported for Sunday editions.

The Hartford Courant, citing records obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act and more than 100 interviews of families and military personnel, reported numerous cases in which the military failed to follow its own regulations in screening, treating and evacuating mentally unfit troops from Iraq.

In 1997, Congress ordered the military to assess the mental health of all deploying troops. The newspaper, citing Pentagon statistics, said fewer than 1 in 300 service members were referred to a mental health professional before shipping out for Iraq as of October 2005.
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Twenty-two U.S. troops committed suicide in Iraq last year, accounting for nearly one in five of all non-combat deaths and was the highest suicide rate since the war started, the newspaper said.

‘Chemically active time bombs’
Some service members who committed suicide in 2004 and 2005 were kept on duty despite clear signs of mental distress, sometimes after being prescribed antidepressants with little or no mental health counseling or monitoring. Those findings conflict with regulations adopted last year by the Army that caution against the use of antidepressants for “extended deployments.”

“I can’t imagine something more irresponsible than putting a soldier suffering from stress on (antidepressants), when you know these drugs can cause people to become suicidal and homicidal,” said Vera Sharav, president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection. “You’re creating chemically activated time bombs.”

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05/16/2006 12:53 AM
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Re: Suicidal troops sent into combat
aaaaarrrrghhhhh hazzy mateys
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05/16/2006 12:59 AM
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"Suicidal troops sent into combat"

Are not all people that JOIN the miliary suicidal?

They signup to go into military... knowing they can go into a war at anytime.... that makes me thing they are suicidal or just want to have an arm or leg blown off...

sorry folks... i do not feel sorry for anyone that JOINS the military that gets F-CKED up in combat...

there is NO DRAFT - this was their choice....

rocket
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05/16/2006 02:42 AM
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The majority are poor disinformed tools, some compassion plz.
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05/16/2006 03:33 AM
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Re: Suicidal troops sent into combat
This shows how the administration views our kids


Not acceptable


our fathers and mothers

our brothers and sisters


It has to end

the warbeast will feed on all the blood it is given


and its thirst shall not be satisfied

flower
All choices have consequences, choose wisely, CHOOSE WISELY.
deepend

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05/16/2006 03:49 AM
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Re: Suicidal troops sent into combat
[link to www.oregonlive.com]
Autistic Army recruit won't serve
An Oregon congressman calls for full investigation into the Portland man's sign-up
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
MICHELLE ROBERTS

U.S. Army officials announced Tuesday that they will release an 18-year-old autistic man from his enlistment obligation.

To the surprise of his parents, Jared Guinther came home with papers last month showing that he had signed up to be a cavalry scout, one of the Army's most dangerous jobs. He was diagnosed with autism at age 3.
^^ gravity is a harsh reality. ^^
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05/16/2006 04:31 AM
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Re: Suicidal troops sent into combat
hat makes me thing they are suicidal or just want to have an arm or leg blown off...




No need to get all thing about it
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05/16/2006 02:58 PM
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Re: Suicidal troops sent into combat
the army sounds fabulous.
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05/16/2006 03:06 PM
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Re: Suicidal troops sent into combat
Remember, Zionists see the troops as a greater means to an end...an end to the Gouyum doing Iswael's battles...its OK with the Kinesset!





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