Congress Vows Action On Vets' Suicides

Adding a little more to Jim's great post. C-Span finally ran the hearing late last night and again early this morning. The video of the hearing as available for a streaming video for a few days here. Also, McClatchy's Chris Adams covered yesterday's hearing and links to the great article he wrote in February 2007, prior to the recent report from CBS news, covering the Bowman's and Veterans Administration's shortcomings in helping soldiers with PTSD.

This is a Quick posting as I just Uploaded the Video's and am running around getting ready for work.

Congress Vows Action On Vets' Suicides

'Make VA go to the soldier'

Congress Vows Action On Vets' Suicides
An Emotional Hearing On Capitol Hill After CBS News Investigates Suicide Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2007

“Our veterans deserve better,” Mike Bowman told a congressional hearing Wednesday. “Don’t make it so the soldiers go to the VA; make the VA go to the soldier.”

Parents of soldier who committed suicide testify of need to address veterans’ mental health issues
Posted on Wed, Dec. 12, 2007 10:15 PM

Testifying Before Congress on the Issue of Veterans' Suicides
Paul Rieckhoff Wed Dec 12, 11:27 AM ET

Data sought on veterans' suicide - Photo's

Dad's plea for mental health care: 'Make VA go to the soldier'
Father of veteran speaks out 1:06
Mike Bowman's son, Tim, completed a combat tour in Iraq and committed suicide after returning home.

Testimony for Ilona Meagher
Author of 'Moving A Nation To Care...'
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Hearing on
Stopping Suicide: Mental Health Challenges Within the Department of Veterans Affairs
December 12, 2007

Veterans Suicides
Google Search Page - Initial Reports On Congressional Hear 12-12-07

Anyone want to post these here's the direct links:
For the first Video
and For the second Video. These are up at Blip TV, where you can get the share player links, now to go to Google Video's to upload, I'll put them up as well.

Here are the Google Video Links:
For the First Video and For the Second Video

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For the C-Span Link and the Article Link!!

After trying to get the Audio feed, couldn't last night, than seeing the two Video Reports, I couldn't figure out what the Problem was with not having a C-Span Camera in the hearing room.

If they were sent to fight, they are too few. If they were sent to die, they are too many!

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"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

with all of the information. I was very disappointed to have missed C-Span's running the hearing on tv last night. I could have set Tivo to record and saved it to a dvd. At least the video is available for a couple of weeks to watch streaming.

Appreciate your efforts as always, Jim. And thanks, standingup for hunting down all the video links as well, etc. It was an incredible day; the Bowman's testimony was a watershed moment, and all there in the room were riveted on every word.

On PTSD Combat : Moving a Nation to Care :

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