Shortage of Military Staff to deal with PTSD
Original Air Date:
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Waves of Canadian troops are home from Afghanistan and Canada's military ombudsman says National Defence is unprepared for a tsunami of mental illness.
The federal government announced more than $11 million in extra funding this month, but the ombudsman's report says a psychological staff shortage of 15 to 22 per cent remains.
How devastating will military PTSD be? Who should be responsible to treat sufferers? Will our troops get the help they need?
Joining us for this discussion are Laurie Hawn, Edmonton MP and former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defense, also a former Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force; Kimberley Law is a registered psychologist; and Pat Stogran, a retired Colonel and former first commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan, also the first Ombudsman for Veterans Affairs.
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