Guamanian military service is higher per capita than anywhere else in the United States. One in eight are veterans, but Guam receives the least medical funding. Many veterans suffer psychologically from the effects of war.
Family traditions, patriotism, and the economy make the United States military an appealing career path. Guam became a U.S. territory after being liberated from Japanese occupation during World War II. American public awareness of Guam's history and contributions is low.
Guamanian soldiers wait years to receive PTSD treatment, while others have to travel to Hawaii for aid. Veterans recount tours of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the psychological effects they deal with daily. Currently available medical services cannot keep up with demand.
WestCare Pacific Islands hopes to secure more government resources by proving that inaccurate census data underestimates the number of veterans. A tour of V.A. medical facilities does not match the stories that have been heard. Governor Eddie Calvo explains why the Senate cut mental healthcare funds two years in a row.
Some veterans remain untreated while others are beginning to recover. A number of them still desire to reenlist. See a preview of the next episode on white conservatism in Idaho.
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Pacific Islanders serve in the U.S. military in disproportionally high numbers and have suffered the highest casualty rates in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The men and women of Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, are American citizens and serve in our country’s military at a rate three times higher than the rest of the country. Learn why the island’s returning veterans say they can’t get the healthcare they need.
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Copyright date: ©2014
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