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Once again the VA is trying to place a small band-aid on a major problem. These veterans oftentimes have life-threatening mental illnesses that require a therapeutic relationship that involves true understanding as to what the veteran went through in their wartime service.

It's a disgrace that the VA is allowed to get away with treating America's veterans like this.

Every veteran who sits before a VA psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker should ask if they know anything about the military. If the therapist doesn't know, then the veteran should go to the Patient Advocate and ask to transfer care to a therapist with a military background.

1 posted on 07/18/2011 4:21:00 PM PDT by JohnBrownUSA
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To: JohnBrownUSA

here here......


2 posted on 07/18/2011 4:22:36 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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The VA has gotten better in recent years, and they were very good with my dad at the end of his life.

But I notice that all the docs were FMGs (foreign medical graduates). This creates a cultural problem with psychiatric issues, I would guess.


3 posted on 07/18/2011 4:25:46 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.p)
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To: JohnBrownUSA
Where's Sidney Freeman when you need him?


4 posted on 07/18/2011 4:28:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Isn’t that what the article is about...the shortage of those therapists?


5 posted on 07/18/2011 4:34:47 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: JohnBrownUSA

Isn’t that what the article is about...the shortage of those therapists?


6 posted on 07/18/2011 4:35:08 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: JohnBrownUSA

Isn’t that what the article is about...the shortage of those therapists?


7 posted on 07/18/2011 4:35:52 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: JohnBrownUSA

Isn’t that what the article is about...the shortage of those therapists?


9 posted on 07/18/2011 4:36:06 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: JohnBrownUSA

Sorry for the repeat


11 posted on 07/18/2011 4:38:53 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: JohnBrownUSA
This is the thinking that led to the development of the VetCenter program for Vietnam vets back in the 70's. It turned out to be an invalid perspective then and remains invalid today.

You don't have to have been in combat to treat combat veterans. You just have to know what you're doing as psychologist. The real issue is that few psychologists are adequately trained in trauma psychology regardless of the nature or context of the traumatic event.

They routinely, and fatally, fall prey to the identification of the veteran-as-victim. Once the therapist makes that mistake, she may as well go to lunch, for her usefulness is ended.

13 posted on 07/18/2011 5:30:00 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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I hate to break it to you, but there is a shortage of therapists of ALL kinds. Perhaps this will help:

CLICK THIS

14 posted on 07/18/2011 5:32:23 PM PDT by FreeKeys ("Move your fat a$$, Henry, but slowly or you'll swamp the boat."-Washington to Col.Knox, 12/25/1776)
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As a former VA psychologist, I will tell you that vets do not sit BEFORE a VA psychiatrist. They sit on a chair facing the treatment team, as the psychiatrist asks sidelong questions while inputting data into the computer. The system is run by the system.


15 posted on 07/18/2011 5:45:56 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: JohnBrownUSA

If zero is reelected I believe he´d wreak the VA, along with the rest of the nation.


16 posted on 07/18/2011 6:53:24 PM PDT by onedoug (If bulls)
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