Posted on Nov 6, 2014
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CW2 Joseph Evans
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I think they need to focus on programs that deal with this before it escalates to police involvement. Seriously, outpatient programs with paid for PTSD therapy so these guys aren't paying out of pocket for something they can't afford because they can't get a job and the unemployment has run out.
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CW2 Evans...have you seen this Q: What is the best way to reach Veterans?
SSG Beth Gilbertson, Milwaukee, WI

70% of the Veterans who commit suicide are not under VA care. So what is the best way to reach out to those Veterans and let them know that they are not alone, and there are services to assist them?
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SGM (Join to see),
Thank you. comments have been added. And I'm working on an Idea of my own. I'm hoping to see good progress with it over the next 6 months. I only need $2 million to see it functional. ;)
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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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SGM (Join to see) CW2 Joseph Evans When I was at the VA and taking classes there were two buttons in the room for the one teaching these classes in case of a veteran who goes off. To me that was creepy and I have seen officers who worked with the VA as total A-holes. It is the climate of that stigma that is out there and needs to be mitigated. On most occasions there are no problems but the thought that an emotionally damaged veteran needs to be subdued and shackled seems a poor trade-off for service to the country.
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Yeah I forgot but there are some awesome VA Police. the ones who actually served in the Armed Forces as opposed to knuckleheads who have to try and prove something.
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I don't think it unfairly stereotypes vets because some have real mental issues due to what they have experienced. That said, its much like how we treat things like suicide prevention and sexual assault; you may never need it, but if it happened, you'll glad you have it.

Having read over the entire article, I do like that police forces are turning to training courses to try and prevent shooting and killing a vet who may be experiencing an episode. I also like that in one part of the article they describe how sometimes it may take hours of talking to get through, but to be patient. Honestly I see a lot of good coming from this... people are seeing what our fellow soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen may be experiencing, and are trying to help them. I think its great!
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Working in the Public Safety sector, I do not think that it is targeting. It can only benefit everyone. Most Law Enforcement Officers and call takers have no idea whatsoever how to deal with a Veteran or someone with PTSD. Any tool that can be put in the tool box to prevent another incident is a plus.
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SGM (Join to see) SSgt (Join to see) very valid points. But I also believe with all the targeting of law enforcement lately it has made officers very jumpy in their dealings with the public. With all these factors it has led to a very complex and dangerous situation for all.
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MSgt (Join to see) Very true, all the shootings in Albuquerque, and this Ferguson thing is STILL going (won't it just end already...), and so forth. I think any non-violent means are better no matter what :)
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What we must hope for is more education and training in the dealing with these very volatile situations. And hopefully no more needless deaths. But before we jump to conclude the officer or officers are out of control we should find out the reson why. I am sure there are also officers out there with their own issues of PTSD etc yet discovered. Which also might be a problem in the equation.
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