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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

LTE: Enough Lip Service Re: Post-War Aftercare

A Letter to the Editor in Maine's Morning Sentinel:

America's military needs to stop giving lip service to the aftercare it provides for the returning traumatized soldiers of today's "war on terror."
Currently, the United States military disavows the existence of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the devastating impact it has upon the lives of these soldiers. Our country must be accountable and required to take care of all those who have made sacrifices protecting our freedoms. Anything less is an insult to all members of the service and a disgrace to our country and all veterans.

I am deeply aware of this problem as my son, an Army Ranger, has returned from combat in Afghanistan unable to receive needed treatment he deserves.

Michael Smilek, veteran U.S. Navy

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