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Veterans Advocate Patrick Welch - On Ft. Hood

Apr 6, 2014|

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You can pay for yesterday's news in print or get today's news -- just used WB EN dot com. -- -- news radio 930 WB yen. I think we have the Dolly Parton problem today ten pounds of flour and a five pound sack -- really trying to squeeze and a lot of topics. And in order to do that some of our guests here have been awfully patient. Lets us say hello to Patrick Welch he is someone who has and waiting for us for a little bit we're talking about Fort Hood what is the latest shooting reveal about mental health needs for American soldiers. Is the military doing enough to support them one of the topics that Meet the Press will tackle and about five minutes but we want a local little bit here. Patrick is a former commissioner veterans services near county he's a former instruction on veteran instructor rather on veterans affairs at Damon college. Patrick I don't dare say a former marine I know once a marine always marine these days I guess you are professional veterans advocate is that the best thing to call you. That is the best thing David thank you. All right talk to me about Fort Hood does the shooting point two particular problems that I am not only. Problems you would say we have nationwide but in the western new York community here. Well yeah absolutely I think one of the things everybody -- realizes. According is that clinicians in this country. About 25%. Of the world beat 305 million in this people in this country. So awful for mental health issues and at the same time he turned around and they say that about one are you. Veterans itself in orbit so if you look at those statistics and less than national average. The commander of the base flat Fort Hood was in a news briefing earlier this week. I heard him say something kind of interesting I'm paraphrasing try to find the -- an actual cut but today he spoke of the idea that. A soldier is part of a different culture and that in order to address this problem you have to get over the fact that they. They take suffering and don't talk about suffering in order to get over this problem have to address the idea that for them. A gun is seen differently than it is for somebody else in the in the community at large. Talk about the hurdles that the military faces in addressing some of these mental health issues for soldiers. -- -- understand that the culture begins the day you show up and boom you're taught to do so why did. You're taught to depend upon your battle bodies to get you through. -- you look at this you know. That is different mentality that exists in our regular civilian world now at the moment anybody has issued Iran and ultra. But on the other side what many people may not realize. Is that the Department of Defense in the last few years that statistics are available. Issued three point six million prescriptions. -- tiger code own -- and at all. True active duty troops while they are now range. So part of the problem -- -- with the department of tribes. What do they need to do and what problems have you seen locally because they're not doing -- We see within our veterans court where many of these so young people coming out you know they develop -- tendency. Are those opiates that the government is given to them about the military. And they may not -- and attributes. To go true and I eighties going so they wind up turning to our team. And so we've got a drug dependent military and some cases. Now that we're big we're giving him forty now and into the -- item on the street. So that is causing a problem within our communities. -- the veterans administration and the veterans senators. Are doing a good job. What you have to get someone to admit -- -- problem before you can start to treat. And I imagine that -- they all of gainfully employed there would be less problems on the streets as well. Absolutely I mean you're able to secure employment that helps future and straightened out a little bit more and you've got. Place to go Choo every single day you've got responsibilities. That you have to yeah. There a problem with trouble that if you got traumatic brain injury well as the signature wound of this war is. They may not able to get employment. -- there will be four years -- Purdue's ability to be adjudicated. No one economy. And -- may be getting treatment with a BA but out of there dated -- patients. Do you think that incidents like this one at Fort Hood. Make it that much harder for people to accept a veteran and may be even higher than my god -- -- have mental problems would be. The argument that I'm I'm picturing some people have. Well you know we could also -- format to heal -- and we talked about people go postal. You know when that's your post office people were accused of it is it is a culture. It is so mentality. That is totally different traumatic thing -- and are on. And most people do not heavy issues like this. Are there isolated ones absolutely. You're gonna have that at that in the civilian world. Where somebody goes off and does it. And -- need to reach and it gets more publicity -- because it is military. And that is part of the stigma that is attached to military. All right Patrick thanks for joining us I wish we had more time and I appreciate the fact the event flexible letting us a -- in here should warn you and.