Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fort Hood Between 11,000 to 13,000 Wait for Counselors Each Month!

This is the most telling part of all of this proving beyond a doubt that Comprehensive Soldier Fitness does not work! It is something I tried to warn folks about back in 2009 when I wrote Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Will Make It Worse.
"Demand for care is not letting up. Records show counselors at Fort Hood are still handling between 11,000 to 13,000 appointments each month. That’s down only slightly from four years ago when they were seeing 13,000 to 16,000 a month."
The number of suicides in the military went up even as less were serving. The number of veterans committing suicide went up after all the "training" the DOD continued to push no matter what harm was being done.

Here is the rest of the report from NBC on Warrior Transition Units. If you haven't heard about all this before, there are links to the other reports done over the last year.
Soldiers Waited Days, Weeks for Counseling at Fort Hood: Investigation
Army says it’s understaffed, but that soldiers are getting the help they need when they need it
NBC 5 News
By Scott Friedman
Sep 7, 2015
But records show some soldiers still wait an average of 21 days for routine follow-up appointments. That’s longer than the Army’s target goal of seven days.
New Army records obtained by NBC 5 Investigates show active duty soldiers including those returning from combat have had to wait days or even weeks to make appointments with mental health counselors at Fort Hood.

Even as combat slowed down, the number of soldiers needing mental health care at Fort Hood has remained high. Thousands of soldiers still see counselors every week and records show that for more than six years the Army has struggled to hire enough psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers to help recovering soldiers.

A 2011 Army PowerPoint presentation obtained by NBC 5 Investigates shows the average wait time for soldiers to see a psychiatrist reached 49 days and the average wait to a psychologist was 53 days. The presentation said Fort Hood has faced “unprecedented demand for behavioral health services,”that were “…coupled with ongoing staffing challenges…”
read more here

Reminder there are thousand less in the military now so these numbers are truly deplorable.

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