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From Tony McNally at Rogue - Gunner and Vanquish Magazine More Than Men Worth More Than Metals by Lisa Bishop.

I have just begun reading Mack's new book Watching Men Burn. I think this one will mean a lot many of the lads in the UK. Do check it out. Much more on this book soon!

For those of you here in the States, this press release will give you some hope. From Mentor the Soul.

New York State Assembly

Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera 76th A.D.

Chair, Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
May 18, 2007 Assemblyman Felix Ortiz 51st A.D. Chair, Committee on Veterans Affairs

Assembly Schedules Public Hearing To Examine Mental Health Services For New York State Combat Veterans Returning From Iraq And Afghanistan

Leading Authority On Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders To Testify At Forum Evaluating The State's Ability To Meet Mental Health Needs Of Veterans Not Being Adequately Served By Federal Programs

Dr. Edward B. Tick, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), is among the witnesses scheduled to testify at an Assembly public hearing to evaluate the state's response to the increasing number of veterans returning from overseas combat who are at high-risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health conditions.

The Assembly Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, chaired by Assemblyman Peter Rivera, and the Veterans' Affairs Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, will hold the hearing on Wednesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1923, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

According to Rivera and Ortiz, reports from news organizations, government officials and various veterans groups suggest that the mental-health care provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is not adequately meeting the needs of the men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The length of these combat operations have not been experienced by the United States armed forces since the Vietnam War, and there is concern that the high rates of PTSD among these veterans may exacerbate an already strained state and voluntarily operated mental-health service delivery system.

The hearing will focus on steps the state can take to ensure that these men and women receive the treatment they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Rivera and Ortiz noted that without appropriate treatment, many of these veterans are vulnerable to mental-health disorders that could lead to such devastating ramifications as unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness or involvement with the criminal-justice system.

The committees will take testimony on a range of issues related to the state's ability to accurately estimate the number of veterans who may need mental-health services and how many of the former service men and women may not be served through the federal network of care.

Testimony is also expected from experts in the mental-health field as well as representatives from veterans groups and government officials.

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