Thursday, May 11, 2006

Rep. Waters’ Amendment to Help Soldiers Rejected by Republican Leadership

Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ (CA-35) amendment to strengthen the Department of Defense screening process for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for active duty soldiers was rejected by the House Rules Committee, a Committee which is largely an extension of the House Republican Leadership.

“I am extremely disappointed that the Rules Committee did not make my amendment in order,” said Congresswoman Waters. “Post traumatic stress disorder can be among the most debilitating effects of war. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged. Many soldiers have trouble holding jobs; others become violent and/or addicted to drugs and alcohol.”


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