Closing Thought–20Apr21

I have written many times about the rise in suicides in our population of active military and veterans….it is a growing problem that the Pentagon and nation have no good answer for a solution…..

Now a new report shows another growing problem within the military….sleep disorders…..

A new study has found that serious sleep disorders are on the rise in the U.S. military — conditions that can affect readiness and cause short- and long-term physical and mental health problems for troops and veterans.

According to research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, insomnia diagnoses increased 45-fold, and obstructive sleep apnea rose 30-fold, among U.S. service members from 2005 to 2019.

The increases should concern military leaders and doctors as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides medical treatment for veterans with service-related conditions, said retired Army Col. (Dr.) Vincent Mysliwiec, a sleep expert and one of the study’s authors.

Just like the problem of sexual assault or suicides this issue will not have a good solution.

The Pentagon spends billions on bigger and better killing weapons but a small amount on the problems that the military personnel face.

The primary concern should be the mental health of the troops not how fast they can kill.

Any thoughts?

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4 thoughts on “Closing Thought–20Apr21

  1. We have a similar high suicide rate with soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many are also dealing with drug dependency, or alcoholism. This is the first I have heard about sleep disorders, but I am not at all surprised by that.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I remember that the Navy was always more interested in maintaining equipment than in maintaining personnel health.

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