Thursday, November 12, 2009

Walter Reed Hospital: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

When you send our men and women off to battle, you had better have the damn best support both in the battlefield and when they come home. And this includes medical support to those who need it.

On Monday, I had made this post.

Why did the Army react the way they did when Hasan was clearly incompetent at his job.

And last, since it has been reported Fort Hood had a high suicide rate, you have to ask, what kind of mental health treatment was/is being provided to soldiers at Fort Hood when you consider Hasan was part of the counseling program at the mental health facilities on Fort Hood.

What about his time at Walter Reed? Soldier Suicide Attempts Skyrocket

In the article, you will find the number of suicides have increased substantially within the last year. And it wasn't until July of this year that Hasan was moved from Walter Reed.

So what has Hasan's impact been as a doctor who treated soldiers who Hasan in effect, saw as an enemy to his religion?

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The answers to my questions are being slowly answered.

Hasan had been a trouble spot on officials' radar since he started training at Walter Reed, six years earlier. Several officials confirm that supervisors had repeatedly given him poor evaluations and warned him that he was doing substandard work.

Both fellow students and faculty were deeply troubled by Hasan's behavior — which they variously called disconnected, aloof, paranoid, belligerent, and schizoid. The officials say he antagonized some students and faculty by espousing what they perceived to be extremist Islamic views. His supervisors at Walter Reed had even reprimanded him for telling at least one patient that "Islam can save your soul."

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I expect to hear more about how this "quack" administered therapy to our soldiers who needed it.

Moreover, all of the supervisors and their commanders who did not relieve Hasan from his duty, should be relieved of their duties.

Our men and women in the military deserve the best and the commanders have failed them.

Hasan should have been gone for this reason alone.

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