Marines pour resources into mental health care

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – They have been in harm’s way for years in two countries, in a branch of the military where toughness and self-reliance have been especially prized for generations. Now the Marines are struggling against an enemy that has entrenched itself over nearly a decade of war: mental illness.
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On War: Medical Teams Treat The Casualties of War in Afghanistan

(AP) The U.S. death toll has mounted in recent weeks as American troops try to extend their reach in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, while insurgents have mounted a summer counteroffensive aimed at both international troops and the Afghan government.  Pictures and Article

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Marine General Shoots Straight on Gays in the Military

The overwhelming majority of Marines oppose sharing sleeping quarters with openly serving gays and lesbians, an obstacle if Congress lifts the ban on gays in the U.S. military, the top Marine said on Tuesday.

Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway, a vocal opponent of ending the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly serving homosexuals, told Pentagon reporters of the standing policy: “We’d just as soon not see it change.”

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Most US Marines don’t want gay roommates: general

The top US Marine on Tuesday said most Marines would prefer not to share a room with gay comrades, despite plans by President Barack Obama to lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military.

General James Conway, who has made clear his opposition to ending the ban, said if the law is changed the Marine Corps might look for volunteers willing to share quarters with gays as some “very religious” members objected to rooming with homosexuals.   Full Article

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The Beginning Of The End For The Marine Corps?

The official mission of the Marine Corps as established in the National Security Act of 1947 is to be trained, organized and equipped for offensive amphibious employment. This means doing Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Inchon. The Marine Corps is also to be a “force in readiness” which is reflected in its non-amphibious role from Belleau Wood to Fallujah and now Afghanistan. But in its heart (and that of the American people) what makes the Marine Corps special strategically, operationally, tactically and morally is its dedication to assaulting hostile beaches.    Full article

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Did General Conway Finally Cross The Line And Anger The Obama Administration?

The scuttlebutt is that Marine Commandant James T. Conway may have gotten himself into more than a little bit of trouble with his recent attacks on the Obama Administration’s policies regarding both Afghanistan and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. His recent public remarks have gone after those two policies rather harshly, and there is a feeling that it may be time for the General to fade away a bit sooner rather than in October when he is suppose to depart and be replaced by General James Amos. Full Article

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