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Five months before, Jennings had gone to the medical center at Ft. Carson, where a staff member typed up his symptoms: “Crying spells. hopelessness. helplessness. worthlessness.” Jennings says that when the sergeants who ran his platoon found out he was having a breakdown and taking drugs, they started to haze him. He decided to attempt suicide when they said that they would eject him from the Army.

“You know, there were many times I’ve told my wife in just a state of panic, and canada goose outlet washington dc just being so upset that I really wished I just died over there [in Iraq],” he said. “Cause if you just die over there, everyone writes you off as a hero.”

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“The goal, first and foremost, is to identify who’s having a problem,” says William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “Secondly, it’s to provide immediate support. And finally, our goal is to canada goose outlet winnipeg restore good mental health.”

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For instance, soldiers fill out questionnaires when they return from Iraq that are supposed to warn officials if they might be getting canada goose outlet store quebec depressed, or suffering from PTSD, or abusing alcohol or drugs. But many soldiers at Ft. Carson say that even though they acknowledged on the questionnaires that they were having disturbing symptoms, nobody at the base followed up to make sure they got appropriate support. A study by the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, suggests it’s a national problem: GAO found that about 80 percent of the soldiers who showed potential signs of PTSD were not referred for mental health follow ups. The Pentagon disagrees with the GAO’s findings.

cheap Canada Goose Soldiers at Ft. Carson also say that even when they request support, the mental health unit is so overwhelmed that they can’t get the help they need. Corey Davis, who was a machine gunner in Iraq, says he began “freaking out” after he came back to Ft. Carson; he had constant nightmares and began using drugs. He says he finally got up the courage to go to the Army hospital to beg for help. cheap Canada Goose

“They said I had to wait a month and a half before I’d be seen,” Davis said. “I almost started crying right there.”

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Jennings called a supervisor at Ft. Carson to say that he had almost killed himself, so he was going to skip formation to check into a psychiatric ward. The canada goose outlet online store Defense Department’s clinical guidelines say that when a soldier has been planning suicide, one of the canada goose jacket outlet toronto main ways to help is to put him in the hospital. Instead, officers sent a team of soldiers to his house to put him in jail, saying that Jennings was AWOL for missing work.

Canada Goose online “I had them pounding on my door out there. They’re saying ‘Jennings, you’re AWOL. The police are going to come get you. You’ve got 10 seconds to open up this door,'” Jennings said. “I was really scared about it. But finally, I opened the door up for them, and I was like ‘I’m going to the hospital.'” Canada Goose online

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Evidence suggests that officials are kicking soldiers with PTSD out of the Army in a manner that masks the problem.

Richard Travis, formerly the Army’s senior prosecutor at Ft. Carson, is now in private practice. He says that the Army has canada goose outlet woodbury to pay special mental health benefits to soldiers discharged due to PTSD. But soldiers discharged for breaking the rules receive fewer or even no benefits, he says.

Alex canada goose outlet legit Orum’s medical records showed that he had PTSD, but his officers expelled him from the Army earlier this year for “patterns of misconduct,” repeatedly citing him on disciplinary grounds. In Orum’s case, he was cited for such infractions as showing up late to formation, coming to work unwashed, mishandling his personal finances and lying to supervisors behaviors which psychiatrists say are consistent with PTSD.

canada goose clearance sale Sergeant Nathan Towsley told NPR, “When I’m dealing with Alex Orum’s personal problems on a daily basis, I don’t have time to train soldiers to fight in Iraq. I have to get rid of him, because canada goose outlet online he is a detriment to the rest of the soldiers.” canada goose clearance sale

Doctors diagnosed another soldier named Jason Harvey with PTSD. At the end of May this year, Harvey slashed his wrists in a cry for help. Officials also kicked Harvey out a few months ago for “patterns of misconduct.”

buy canada goose jacket A therapist diagnosed Tyler Jennings with PTSD in May, but the Army’s records show he is being tossed out because he used drugs and canada goose outlet store uk missed formations. Files on other soldiers suggest the same pattern: Those who seek mental health help are repeatedly cited for misconduct, then purged from the ranks buy canada goose jacket.

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