Letter: Acknowledge trauma for vets and families
I would like to put an exclamation point on "Troubled vets, troubled families" [News, April 16].
As more of our soldiers return home from war by 2015, it is not only they who need medical and mental health attention. If their immediate families can't understand what their loved ones have gone through, the astonishingly high suicide rate will remain high.
I hope that more mental health professionals on Long Island will reach out to the 140,000 veterans in our community and offer our soldiers hope.
Hutch Dubosque, Huntington
Editor's note: The writer is the vice president of the PTSD Veterans Association of Northport.
Your editorial "Troubled soldiers deserve informed evaluations" [April 23] is so valid!
The legislation proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that would require at least one mental health professional on military boards to review discharges is most welcome, long overdue and urgently deserved.
As we have seen all too often, warfare leaves emotional scars. We need a process for veterans to appeal discharges below the level of "honorable," when these designations didn't take into account the psychological trauma they experienced.
Patricia Bishop-Kelly, Huntington Station
Editor's note: The writer is a member of the Suffolk County Board of Health.