PTSD and politics

In Canada, a political storm is brewing over cuts to military mental health services

“Skirting around questions about whether they had come under political pressure to come to the aid of Defence Minister Peter MacKay, Canadian Forces brass scrambled Friday to reassure the public that the military's medical system is taking care of troops with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues. MacKay and the Conservative government came under fire in the Commons from opposition MPs after the Ottawa Citizen revealed the Defence Department is cutting the jobs of medical professionals involved in suicide prevention and monitoring of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).”

A Canadian soldier is continuing to speak out and battle for veterans' rights, despite being ordered not to by his superiors. Canadian Forces Corporal Steve Stoesz first spoke out about the lack of mental health resources in the Canadian military in an interview with CTV News earlier this week. When he tried to get approval to do another interview on Sunday, he was ordered not to talk to the media.