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Soldiers Begin Taking Stress Survey

From Stars and Stripes:

ARLINGTON, Va. — About 18,000 Soldiers already have taken an online survey meant to gauge how well they deal with stress, but the required follow-up training won’t be available until Nov. 1, an Army official said Thursday.

Soon, all Soldiers will be required to take the survey every two years and complete follow-up training, said Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, who oversees the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

The program is designed in part to curb the Army’s suicide problem, Cornum said. There were 110 confirmed or suspected Soldier suicides from January through August, up from 89 during the same period in 2008.

“The reason people commit suicide, by and large, is that they see their problem as there is no solution for it and it’s permanent,” she said. “We believe the resilience training teaches people to look at problems as temporary.”

Commanders are not informed of their Soldiers’ results, only that a Soldier has completed the survey. The nature of the each Soldier’s follow-up training will be determined by how they scored, Cornum, said.

Pentagon: No Purple Heart for PTSD

From Stars and Stripes:

ARLINGTON, Va. — Defense officials have rejected the idea that troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder should be eligible for the Purple Heart.

“PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event; it is not a wound intentionally caused by the enemy from an ‘outside force or agent,’ but is a secondary effect caused by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event,” said Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez.

The matter came up in May, when a military psychologist at Fort Bliss, Texas, told reporters he felt that making troops suffering from PTSD eligible for the Purple Heart would help remove the disorder’s stigma.

“These guys have paid at least a high — as high a price, some of them — as anybody with a traumatic brain injury, as anybody with shrapnel wound, and what it does is it says this is the wound that isn’t worthy, and I say it is,” John E. Fortunato said in May.

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