Video: Military Needs Better Mental Health Care

Video: Military Needs Better Mental Health Care


We owe our soldiers nothing less than the best health care in the world, but sadly that’s not the reality.

So how to combat PTSD? Well, 60 Minutes had an interesting story on last night about a pill that loosens people’s memories of particularly traumatic events…

(CBS) Pitman figured he could block that cycle by giving trauma victims propranolol right away … before adrenaline could make the memories too strong. He started recruiting patients for a small pilot study. One of the first was Kathleen Logue, a paralegal who had been knocked down in the middle of a busy Boston street by a bicyclist.

“He just hit the whole left side of my body. And it seemed like forever that I was laying in the middle of State Street, downtown Boston,” Logue remembers.

She says she was terrified that she was just going to get run over.

As part of the study, Logue took propranolol four times a day for 10 days. Like the others who got the drug, three months later she showed no physiological signs of PTSD, while several subjects who got a placebo did. Those results got Pitman funding for a larger study by the National Institutes of Health.

The Bush Administration’s response to this?

But then the President’s Council on Bioethics condemned the study in a report that said our memories make us who we are and that “re-writing” memories pharmacologically … risks “undermining our true identity.”

“This is a quote. ‘It risks making shameful acts seem less shameful or terrible acts less terrible than they really are,'” Stahl reads to Logue.


  • DosPeros

    You are absolutely right. Now I’ve been thinking about the Religion of Peace lately and some peoples insistence that the vast majority of Muslims are in fact peaceful sorts with the deepest desire to assimilate (as opposed to “blow up”) into Western Civilization, particularly the U.S..

    We hear, “The moderate Muslims are speaking out against terrorism!” with the obvious insinuation that those of us that question the peacefulness of Islam are skipping over 99% of good apples. Well, how about this: How about some of those moderate Muslim charities, instead of sending money to Hamas and/or Hezbollah, send money to our troops to be adequately cared for. What could send a better message that the great silent majority of Muslims support our troops and wish an end to terrorism than to help wounded veterans. I’m going to start hold me breath right now!

    Meanwhile, the religion of peace seems to have a problem with Britian beknighting Salman Rushdie. Umm, too bad — if he’d only blown-up pre-schools instead of written a book, he’d be eligible for a Nobel Peace Price.

  • Ilchi Lee

    Wow! this is a shame the least that can be done for the soldiers that fight for our freedom is to provide better mental treatment, what the are going through is taxing mentally. No matter where you stand on the war issue, it’s should be understandable to take care of our own, because at the end of the day this is still our brother’s and sister’s that are there fighting for us.