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Post-deployment health issues

Recently I was contacted by Taylor Dardan about writing a guest post. After a bit of conversation Taylor sent me the following article. I think it’s incredibly important to realize that our troops need our support more than ever after their deployment is over. You can reach Taylor at dailydardan(at)gmail(dot)com.

“Post-deployment health issues require support from military families
The stress of deployment can often hit military families hard, but sometimes that stress can continue on after soldiers return home. Even though it’s supposed to be a time of reunion and happiness, a soldier’s return from deployment can often be overshadowed by the tough transition and possible wounds they are forced to deal with, after putting their lives on the line. It is in this time, that a soldier’s family is more important than ever.

Wartime wounds are most often thought of as taking place on the battlefield with injuries and bloodshed. In some cases however, wounds can be essentially “invisible” or mental type of wounds. For many soldiers today, there return from service requires them to take on wounds like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Mesothelioma.

PTSD is a severe type of anxiety related disorder that is common after psychological trauma, but is increasingly common with military service because of their difficult experiences. Some of the common symptoms include sleep problems, flashbacks, mood swings, and hyper arousal. Dealing with these symptoms in length can cause patients to suffer significant impairment to occupational and social functioning.
Like PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is largely viewed as a signature wound of the war on terror in the last ten years. TBI involves an external force that traumatically impairs or injures the brain. Though it’s common in children because of falls, military service personnel are often left with TBI because of an event or action during their service time. Common symptoms include dizziness, balance issues, blurred vision and sleep problems.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is related to asbestos exposure. This is tied into military service because asbestos was one of the most commonly used materials throughout shipyards and bases for the better part of the 20th century. It is often common in older buildings and structures which are a commonality of battle as well. This cancer involves the lining of the organs within the lungs and effects victims long after original exposure, as the symptoms often arise decades later.
These are just a few of the health related issues that a soldier may deal with following their deployment. It’s important to be aware of any type of symptoms that may occur during their time home. Being educated and prepared for any type of health problems is vital as other issues can also present themselves following deployment.

I am involved in actively supporting our troops. We have 2 “adopted soldiers” that receive a care package filled with hard to get in the middle of the desert items……
They also get at least one letter a week.. Depending on life and what silliness I can share.
Smiles are a precious commodity to a stressed out soldier. The BengalBrats can be very entertaining..

I also am a member of Wednesday Hero, a group started by Christopher Lee.
I joined the group back in November, 2006. I first started blogging about supporting soldiers after Beth at Blue Star Chronicles invited me to join her blogroll.

Thank you Taylor, and Thank you to all who support our troops!

Dell.. Sucks Still

I had a comment from Niranjan Vijaykumar who is from
Dell Social Outreach Services. He commented that Dell has a policy of refunding to dissatisfied customers within 21 days.

The problem is .. It took way more than 21 business days to discover Dell was full of crap, and that this was not the problem.
The “EXPERT” care offered by Dell, who cannot pour piss out of a boot, if the directions were printed on the heel was another 59.00.
Total so far…185.94
Then add in Dr Scott, (Dr Scotts PC Services- drscottspc(at) gmail(dot) com) who actually diagnosed the problem. Fan wasn’t running correctly, which is what caused the laptop to shut down.By the way, you have to remove the mother board to get to the fan. I am not comfortable doing this, I can replace the hard drive, I can also replace memory cards. But stripping the entire computer to get to the fan is above my ability.

Hard drive: 49.98
Memory cards (2): 76.68
New fan: 15.46.
Dr Scott: 45.00.
Time laptop was down 42 days.

A new laptop is about 300.00.
Dell is aware of the overheating problem here and here and here

But because Dell lied rather than admit they weren’t sure what the problem was…
I now have an inspiron 1525 that cost about 250.00 more than it should have to be fixed.
I wont add the hours I spent fighting with dell just to get them to honor their “30″ days guarantee.
When the problem persisted after the new hard drive and memory cards were installed
they then tried to tell me it was a software problem, and I could pay another 59.00 dollars to have them diagnose that.
Like I said, Dell you talk out of both sides of your lying greedy corporate mouth.

Frankly Dell you owe me a heck of a lot more than 59.00
21 days my butt.

Dell sucks….

Tigger isn’t inpressed with Dell these day’s.
Well for that matter neither am I.

Scenerio: INSPIRON 1525 Laptop overheats and shuts down.
Dell’s Solution for the ridiculous charge of 59.00… The hard drive and memory cards are bad.

So I replaced the hard drive and the memory cards… Problem computer STILL overheats and shuts down.
When they don’t know whats wrong they lie.

So I cleaned the heat sink, no inprovement.
Last possible solution before throwing laptop in trash, replace the fan.

Heh! Dell Sucks

Tigger is pissed off, because fixing this dell inspiron has taken way
to much time away from loving him.

Fan costs 15.95 through dell. You must buy the fan through dell or it may not fit.
So I bought the fan, only to discover that you have to completely disassemble the laptop to get to the fan, yep.. you
have to pull the motherboard…

So I did what any intelligent person does when faced with scary things like pulling motherboards.
I calles Dr.Scott’s PC services. (drscottspc(at)gmail(dot com). Now Scott who is a genius and wonder at all things PC has done work for us before. I highly recomend him.

Solution..Laptop runs quietly and does not overheat.I am now the proud owner of a laptop with a new and unnecessary hard drive and 2 memory boards.. whohoo…On reflection I should have just bought a new computer.

Thanks for nothing Dell.. You and your “experts” who do not speak english suck.And next time just tell the truth, that you have no freakin idea what the problem is….