By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer - Army Times
Posted : Wednesday Oct 7, 2009 14:51:58 EDT
Army Col. Rich O’Connor does not mince words when he talks about the amount of mental health training he had before he took a squadron in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment to war in Iraq’s Diyalah province in 2006.
“What kind of training did I receive on post-traumatic stress?” he said. “Zero. How much did our soldiers receive? None.”
O’Connor told a room of high-ranking officers and enlisted soldiers at the annual Association of the U.S. Army convention that he was too busy training for war to even think about post-traumatic stress disorder. And he said that after talking to other battalion commanders and command sergeants major, he realized nobody else had, either.
Then a military psychiatrist told him she didn’t believe commanders cared about PTSD.
“I can tell you that’s probably true,” O’Connor said. “We’ve got an issue here.”
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