Wednesday, July 17, 2013

FUBAR results of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

FUBAR results of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
July 17, 2013

There is a series from The Leaf Chronicle on the problems at Fort Campbell screaming for attention. This latest one proves my point that Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) does not build resilience or enhance performance. The only thing this program prevents is getting soldiers to seek help.

Even when they do finally come to terms with what is going on inside of them, they do not get the right help to heal as soon as possible. Why? Why is all of this still going on rising the number of suicides while enlisted as well as when they become veterans?
Fort Campbell psychiatrist weighs in on PTSD/suicide issue
'Ultimately ... depends on the soldier-patient being willing to accept help'
The Leaf Chronicle
Phillip Grey
Jul. 16, 2013

FORT CAMPBELL, KY. — One of the big concerns about soldier suicides at Fort Campbell is the lack of a PTSD diagnosis. Of the 17 cases from 2011 and 2012 reviewed by The Leaf-Chronicle and news partner WSMV-Channel 4, none included such a diagnosis.

The question of why was addressed in a June interview with Fort Campbell’s chief of Adult Behavioral Health at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Maj. Joe Wise.

The Leaf-Chronicle: Are some people just really good at hiding PTSD, so much so that their loved ones or even psychiatrists and psychologists don’t diagnosis the condition at first?

Wise: Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that is recognizable to behavioral health professionals and, sometimes, close friends and relatives.

An individual who is suffering from untreated PTSD is not able to appropriately function in a normal setting. It is not uncommon for soldiers to deal with some level of adjustment upon return from a combat deployment; however, these soldiers are able to continue to function within their normal daily lives with some additional support or by applying other means of stress management.
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Last year alone the military suicides outnumbered all confirmed suicides from the Vietnam War. The military suicides for 2012 keep changing. While the Suicide Event Report has not been released the numbers they have released already surpassed 490.

The DOD has been pushing programs that were supposed to encourage seeking help but the way they were designed actually had the troops thinking any issues they had were their fault. If they could become "resilient" they were weak minded and didn't train right. Now they are still scratching their heads over the rise in military suicides when they should have understood what they were doing six years ago.

If you want to know how it got this bad,read THE WARRIOR SAW, SUICIDES AFTER WAR to find out how much of a nightmare this has been. Everything in it came from news reports, government reports and families. Much like Wounded Times has been brining you the stories the press has covered across the country, it compiles all of it in one place to give you a better idea of what the national news has not wanted to cover. It is FUBAR and will stay that way unless they change!