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House Proceeding 03-30-09 on Mar 30th, 2009 :: 0:31:00 to 0:35:30
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Walter B. Jones

0:30:56 to 0:31:18( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: treasury. we need to do all of the above until we can move to alternative energy and that's just the way it is. i yield back the speaker pro tempore: mr. vermen -- sherman from lifornia. mr. jones from new york. mr. jones is recognized for

Walter B. Jones

0:31:00 to 0:35:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Walter B. Jones

0:31:19 to 0:31:41( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: five minutes. mr. jones: madam speaker, almost two million americ service members have served our nation in iraq and afghanistan. unfortunately many of these men and women are returning home with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, ptsd, and other mental health challenges. on april of 2008, a study by the rand corporation found that

Walter B. Jones

0:31:42 to 0:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: nearly 20% of iraq and afghanistan veterans have symptoms of ptsd or major depression. the study also found that many service members do not seek illnesses because they fear it will harm their careers. of those who do seek help for ptsd or major depression, the study found that only about

Walter B. Jones

0:32:04 to 0:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: half received treatment that researchers considered minimally adequate for their illnesses. if our military and government refuse to treat problems associated with ptsd, the problems will only grow worse over the years.

Walter B. Jones

0:32:26 to 0:32:47( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: in many cases, these veterans self-medicate and get into trouble. one marine stationed at camp lejeune has fallen victim to this problem and has pending voluntary separation due to misconduct. the fitness reports prove he was an outstanding marine prior to his deployments.

Walter B. Jones

0:32:48 to 0:33:09( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: two tours in iraq and one in afghanistan. his medical board report states, and i quote, his service in the marine corps caused his ptsd and his incident legal problem. the marine corps' failure to treat him in the past and treat

Walter B. Jones

0:33:10 to 0:33:31( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: him approiately has not helped the problem. madam speaker, it will be difficult for this marine to be -- to succeed in life if he's separated from service he will not be eligible for tricare benefits he will be unlikely to get a job and it's unlikely a

Walter B. Jones

0:33:32 to 0:33:54( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: university will accept him as a student. this is a story of one marine but it's not an isolated problem. as part of addressing the problems associated with ptsd, i introduced h.r. 1701, the guarantee review for heroes act. the legislation creates a special review board at the dept of defense level for

Walter B. Jones

0:33:55 to 0:34:15( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: service members less than honorably discharged, separating service members would be permitted to seek a review of their discharge for their ptsd if tbi was not taken into consideration. the board would have the authority to change the characterization of their

Walter B. Jones

0:34:16 to 0:34:37( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: discharge to honorable. for active duty service members, it would mandate review before the board. if the service member is diagnosed with ptsd or p.b.i. by a medical authority if the servicemen is found unfit for duty, the service member would

Walter B. Jones

0:34:38 to 0:34:58( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: be retired and given a disability rating. otherwise they must consider the effects on the service member's conduct. too many times, the same men and women who left these th country as good soldiers and marines return with serious wounds, both physical and mental, and their lives are not the same. the culture thin our branches

Walter B. Jones

0:34:59 to 0:35:19( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: of service must change to recognize that ptsd is a real concern that must be addressed. i'm grateful to have representative gene taylor as an original co-spon or of h.r. 1701 and i hope many of my colleagues will join us in supporting this bill and legislation. before i close, i ask god to

Walter B. Jones

0:35:20 to 0:35:32( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: bless our men and women in uniform and i ask god to bless the wounded and their families and bless the child who have given a child diing for freedom in afghanistan and ira

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