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Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans need more help at home

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 11, 2009

More resources may be needed to help care-givers cope with a rising caseload of damaged or suicidal veterans in need of counseling.

by Steve Lopez

Floyd Meshad, Vietnam vet, was in a Ralphs supermarket in Westchester when his cellphone rang at 9 o’clock one evening not long ago.

It was Meshad’s suicide hotline, and a soldier was being patched through.

Meshad, a psychiatric social worker, walked outside the store so he could concentrate while trying to talk the soldier out of killing himself. He gets lots of calls like this from all over the country, more now than ever, and he knew one thing:

This soldier, calling from Florida, was serious.

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