Things that are a lot scarier then Gays in the military….

March 14, 2007 at 3:57 pm (General stuff)

Since I wrote my previous post, I decided to read the news, like i do most mornings and I picked out a few stories that I feel prove the point that there are a lot of scarier shit going down than GLBT americans being in the Military without fear of losing their jobs or being shoved so far in the closet they can find Narnia. Thank you.

US war veterans need more mental help -study

By Andrew Stern

CHICAGO, March 12 (Reuters) – Almost one-third of U.S. soldiers seeking government health care after returning from
Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with a mental problem, researchers said on Monday in a study calling for more emphasis on the mental wounds of war. Diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other problems were most prevalent among younger soldiers, the veterans study found. The challenge to provide better care to soldiers with mental problems as well as physical wounds comes amid revelations of substandard care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and other Veterans Affairs hospitals. The revelations have prompted the resignations of the Army secretary and the Army surgeon general. Study author Dr. Karen Seal of the University of California and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center said the prevalence of mental problems among veterans threatens “to bring the war back home as a costly personal and public health burden.” “Our results signal a need for improvements in the primary prevention of military service-related mental health disorders, particularly among our youngest service members,” Seal wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine.The study found that 25 percent of U.S. veterans returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan sought government-sponsored care, compared to 10 percent of Vietnam war veterans.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N12356941.htm

 Corps placed faulty pumps in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — The Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bush’s promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, installed defective flood-control pumps last year despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment would fail during a storm, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The 2006 hurricane season turned out to be mild, and the new pumps were never pressed into action. But the Corps and the politically connected manufacturer of the equipment are still struggling to get the 34 heavy-duty pumps working properly.

The pumps are now being pulled out and overhauled because of excessive vibration, Corps officials said. Other problems have included overheated engines, broken hoses and blown gaskets, according to the documents obtained by the AP.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/4628032.html

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