Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Army to Families: ‘We’re Here to Help’ so be afraid

Be afraid of when the Army's Surgeon General says something stupid like this!

"85 percent of suicides occurred because of a conflict in a relationship"

How about they happen because PTSD causes problems and conflicts in relationships and families still have no clue what PTSD is, what they can do to help, so either they walk away, demand the soldier go back to the way they were before or they make it so much worse, suicide seems like the only way out.

They can't have strong bonds if they don't know what's going on or how they can help.

Here's one more clue. If they are giving it a title like this, it ain't working.

“The soldiers have nicknamed it, ‘How Not to Marry a Jerk or a Jerkette,’” he said.

Why have suicides gone up? Read this and know.
Army to Families: ‘We’re Here to Help’
Posted by Meghann Myers
October 23rd, 2012

When it comes to emotional and psychological health for soldiers and Army families, it’s like Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno says: “Prevent, shape, win,” the Army’s top chaplain said Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Donald Rutherford participated in a family forum panel on behavioral health at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting along with other Army and civilian health professionals.

Their audience included military spouses, chaplains and medics, as well as Gen. Odierno’s wife Linda Odierno and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Martin Dempsey’s wife Deanie Dempsey.

Panelists touched on topics ranging from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder to more general stressors for soldiers and their families. Rutherford, in addressing the Army’s service suicide standdown Sept. 27, got right to the point about his experience.

“We’ve found that in suicide, the biggest problem is the relationship,” he said, leading into a presentation on the Army’s Strong Bonds program.

The program also offers special classes for not only married couples, but also families and families of deployed soldiers, as well as one for singles. The singles program, Rutherford said, focuses on finding the right partner and building a healthy relationship from the ground up.

“The soldiers have nicknamed it, ‘How Not to Marry a Jerk or a Jerkette,’” he said.

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army’s surgeon general, backed up Rutherford’s assertion, explaining that 85 percent of suicides occurred because of a conflict in a relationship, from dating and marriage to intra-unit conflicts.
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