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Bringing troops home without an adequate solution for PTSD will have dangerous effects psychologically.
Dangerous Drugs for Combat Soldiers: Zombies on the Attack,Dr. Phil Leveque, forensic toxicologist and Univ. of London professor of pharmacology, Salem-News.com, March 28, 2010, http://www.salemnews.com/articles/march282010/zombie-attackpl.php

I am not guessing about this stuff. I have frontline combat induced PTSD myself and I have been given these drugs by the VA doctors. The adverse effects are AWFUL. In addition, I have taken medical of about 1000 PTSD Veterans from all wars since WWII. They not only have rejected VA prescribed anti-depressants but have taken up alcohol which though ultimately more dangerous at least is more preferable to them than the hated, repulsive anti-depressants.

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A. Current medical infrastructure is inadequate to meet veterans mental healthcare needs
The New York Times – 2006
(The New York Times, “For Some, The War Won't End,” lexis) A September report by the Government Accountability Office found that officials at six of seven Veterans

Affairs medical facilities surveyed said they ''may not be able to meet'' increased demand for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Officers who served in Iraq say the unrelenting tension of the counterinsurgency will produce
that demand. ''In the urban terrain, the enemy is everywhere, across the street, in that window, up that alley,'' said Paul Rieckhoff, who served as a platoon leader with the Florida Army National Guard for 10 months, going on hundreds of combat patrols around Baghdad. ''It's a fishbowl. You never feel safe. You never relax.'' In his platoon of 38 people, 8 were divorced while in Iraq or since they returned in February, Mr. Rieckhoff said. One man in his 120-person company killed himself after coming home. ''Too many guys are drinking,'' said Mr. Rieckhoff, who started the group Operation Truth to support the troops. ''A lot have a hard time finding a job. I

think the system is vastly under-prepared for the flood of mental health

problems.''
Capt. Tim Wilson, an Army chaplain serving outside Mosul, said he counseled 8 to 10 soldiers a week for combat stress. Captain Wilson said he was impressed with the resilience of his 700-strong battalion but added that fierce battles have produced turbulent emotions.

*****B. Soldiers returning home will face inadequate space and medical care PTSD Support 2010 http://www.ptsdsupport.net/lackof_spendingsupport.html
Congress recently voted to send $87 billion to Iraq, money that will be used to build everything from roads to power plants to hospitals. Yet while Congress appears ready to rubber-stamp unlimited monies for nation building in Iraq, thousands of our own soldiers at home are languishing with substandard medical care. You may have read about conditions at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where hundreds of injured reserve and National Guard soldiers are

housed in deplorable conditions and forced to wait months just to see a doctor. These soldiers made huge sacrifices, leaving their families and jobs to fight in Iraq. Now they find themselves living in hot, crowded, unsanitary barracks and waiting far too long to see overworked doctors. This is hardly the heroes' welcome they might have expected. Only an exposé in a major newspaper brought attention to their plight, prompting an embarrassed Defense department to rush additional doctors to the base. Many of these men and women expressed shock at their treatment. They assumed wounded soldiers returning from Iraq would receive priority treatment, given the "support the troops" rhetoric coming from Washington. Their complaints went ignored, however, until the media became involved. Similar mistreatment of soldiers has been evident throughout our occupation of Iraq. Some wounded soldiers convalescing at Walter Reed hospital in Washington were forced to pay for hospital meals from their own pockets! Other soldiers returning stateside for a two-week liberty had to buy their own airfare home from the east coast. Still others have paid for desert boots, night vision goggles, and other military necessities with personal funds. It's shocking that our troops are forced to pay for basic items that should be supplied to them or paid from the defense budget. Perhaps the most shameful mistreatment of our veterans is in the area of concurrent receipt benefits. Existing federal rules force disabled veterans to give up their military retirement pay in order to receive VA disability benefits. This means every VA disability dollar paid to a veteran is deducted from his retirement pay, effectively creating a "disabled veterans tax." No other group of federal employees is subject to this unfair standard; in every other case disability pay is viewed as distinct from standard retirement pay. For years veterans have fought for concurrent receipt benefits to no avail. Last week Congress finally passed a very limited concurrent receipt law, but the change is unlikely to satisfy those disabled veterans who need benefits the most. Under the new partial concurrent receipt bill, only those veterans in essence deemed "disabled enough" will qualify; this means roughly two-thirds of disabled veterans will not receive concurrent receipt benefits at all. Even severely disabled veterans who do qualify may never enjoy their long-sought relief, because the bill passed by Congress takes ten years to phase in. How sad that some disabled soldiers will die in the next decade without seeing a penny of their concurrent receipt benefits. Members of our armed forces deserve more than platitudes when they return from foreign wars with illnesses or disabilities. Unfortunately, the trust our soldiers place in the federal government to provide for their health care has been breached time and time again. Last week's partial grant of concurrent receipt benefits will prove woefully inadequate for most of our disabled veterans, veterans who could be well-served with just a fraction of the billions Congress gave away in Iraq.

We Isolate 3 impact scenarios for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Impact 1: Lack of treatment causes PTSD to worsen
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/post-traumatic-stressdisorder/DS00246/DSECTION=complications MayoClinic 2010 Post-traumatic stress disorder can disrupt your whole life: your job, your relationships and even your enjoyment of everyday activities. Having PTSD also may place you at a higher risk of other mental health problems, including: depression, drug abuse, alcohol abuse,

eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and actions. In addition, studies of war veterans have demonstrated a link between PTSD and the development of medical illnesses, including: cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease, musculoskeletal conditions. More research is needed to understand the relationship between PTSD and physical health problems ****Impact 2: PTSD leads to domestic violence Matthew Tull, PhD, About.com, 2008, Accessed July 8, 2009, ME
“PTSD and Domestic Violence” http://ptsd.about.com/od/infoforfriendsfamily/a/PTSDViolence.htm

There is a relationship between the experience of a traumatic event, PTSD and domestic violence. In fact, intimate partner abuse happens more than you may think. National estimates indicate that, in a period of one year, 8 to 21% of people in a serious relationship will have engaged in some kind of violent act aimed at an intimate partner. People who have experienced a traumatic event or have PTSD may be particularly at risk for the perpetration of relationship violence. Trauma, PTSD, and Relationship Violence Separate from PTSD, a connection has been found between the experience of traumatic events and relationship violence. In particular, men and women who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional neglect in childhood are more likely to be abusive in intimate relationships as compared to people without a history of childhood trauma. In addition, people with PTSD have also been found to be more likely to be aggressive and engage in intimate partner abuse than people without a PTSD diagnosis. The connection between PTSD and violence has been found for both men and women with PTSD. How Are They Related? Several studies have been conducted in an attempt to better understand what may lead people with a history of trauma or PTSD to engage in aggressive and violent behaviors. In studies of U.S. veterans, it has found that depression played a role in aggression among people with PTSD. People who have both depression and PTSD may experience more feelings of anger and, therefore, may have greater difficulties controlling it. In line with this, a couple of studies have found that violent and aggressive behavior, especially among men, may be used as a way of attempting to manage unpleasant feelings. Aggressive behavior may be a way of releasing tension associated with other unpleasant emotions stemming from a traumatic event, such as shame, guilt, or anxiety. While aggressive and hostile behavior may temporarily reduce tension, it, of course, is ineffective in the long-run -- both in regard to relationships and dealing with unpleasant emotions. What Can Be Done? Mental health professionals have long recognized that trauma and PTSD increase risk for aggression. Therefore, many treatments for PTSD also incorporate anger management skills. Learning more effective ways of coping with stress is a major part of reducing aggressive tendencies, such as deep breathing and identifying the short- and long-term negative and positive consequences of different behaviors. ***INSERT MORAL OBLIGATION 2NC

Impact 3: Unemployment
Veterans who have PTSD must show they cannot work in order to get compensated –leading to thousands being unemployed, living off low compensation and getting inadequate PTSD treatment.
VA Benefits System for PTSD is Criticized, Shankar Vedantam, staff writer for Washington Post, Washington Post, May 9, 2007, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/08/AR2007050801746.html

The government's methods for deciding compensation for emotionally disturbed veterans have little basis in science, are applied unevenly and may even create disincentives for veterans to get better, an influential scientific advisory group said yesterday. The critique by the Institute of Medicine, which provides advice to the federal government on medical science issues, comes at a time of sharp increases in cases of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans and skyrocketing costs for disability compensation. The study was undertaken at the request of the Department of Veterans Affairs amid fears that troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will produce a tidal wave of new PTSD cases. Between 1999 and 2004, benefit payments for PTSD increased nearly 150 percent, from $1.72 billion to $4.28 billion, the report noted. Compensation payments for disorders related to psychological trauma account for an outsize portion of VA's budget -- 8.7 percent of all claims, but 20.5 percent of compensation payments. VA officials said they welcomed the report. "VA is studying the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the report to determine actions that can be taken to further enhance the services we provide," spokesman Matt Burns said in a statement. The report suggested changes to VA policies, but the panel could not say whether those changes would result in more or fewer PTSD diagnoses, or in greater or lesser expense for taxpayers. "PTSD has become a very serious public health problem for the veterans of current conflicts and past conflicts," said psychiatrist Nancy Andreasen of the University of Iowa, who chaired the panel. Noting the shortcomings of the VA system, Andreasen added that "a comprehensive revision of the disability determination criteria are needed." She said the current VA system, in which PTSD compensation is limited to those who are unable to hold a job, places many veterans in a Catch-22. "You can't get a disability payment if you get a job -- that's not a logical way to proceed in terms of providing an incentive to become healthier and a more productive member of society," she said. The practice is especially wrong, she added, because it is at odds with VA policies for other kinds of injuries. To determine the compensation a wounded veteran should get, the government assigns one a disability score. Veterans who are quadriplegic, for example, can be assigned a disability level of 100 percent even if they

hold a job, whereas veterans with PTSD must show they are unable to work to get compensation.

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