Sunday, April 10, 2016

Almost 1 out of 10 Incarcerated are Veterans

Quaker House vigil to draw attention to mental health care for jailed vets
Fay Observer
By Drew Brooks Military editor
April 10, 2016

"Approximately one in 10 prison inmates have served in the military," Newsom said. "Many suffer from PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury, which increases the likelihood of violent, aggressive and impulsive behavior and requires a regular regime of therapy and medication."
Activists looking to improve the mental health care for jailed veterans will host a vigil outside the Airborne and Special Operations Museum on Monday.

The event will start at 5 p.m. at the museum, 100 Bragg Blvd.

It's led by the Fayetteville Quaker House, which has circulated a petition in recent weeks aimed at encouraging state leaders to provide better care for service members and veterans behind bars, including Joshua Eisenhauer, a former Fort Bragg staff sergeant who was sentenced to between 10 and 18 years in prison last year for charges related to a 2012 shooting at his apartment.

Lynn Newsom, a Quaker House director, said Eisenhauer suffers from severe combat related post-traumatic stress.

She said he is held in an open room with 30 other prisoners, allowed to see a social worker only about once every two months.

And the prison, she said, abuts a shooting range, which worsens his trauma.
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