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I -- I -- -- their microphones congressman Andre Carson of Indiana content thank -- on the program tonight appreciate it very much.
What -- I think people -- having me.
Thank you sir you've been talking -- you have to a couple of bills having to do is the issue of mental health of the military we we get the numbers the stats people.
Who are injured.
But we don't always have such metrics on those who are mentally ill and you're doing something about it tell us what your group bills are doing.
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By the way are you on the speaker Khamenei tends to violate -- feeling here is clear is -- possibly can't.
No I haven't had princess.
Do -- approach it -- It is very clear we have failed to make mental health a priority.
In our military.
And the effects of that -- are on full display right now introduced two bills one is the military -- fat reduction -- Which effectively and our efforts.
-- basically report written into the evaluation blocks from members are deployed combat zone currently.
And I'm losing a little bit here because of the sound okay got.
-- right now our service members receive valuations before and after deployment.
But they are forced to go months upon months.
They can injury and trauma without any additional -- until effectively this bill.
Allow us to do two things that could simple cut mental health issues early.
And provide necessary treatment.
As well as provide every service member the opportunity to ask for help leveling the playing field basically.
That no Soldier Field appeared being.
-- treated or or or or really appear weak in the second bill.
-- the military mental health empowerment act which has been endorsed by Turkey Iraq and Afghanistan -- of America.
And it allow it -- really guarantees.
-- no service members discriminated against.
Once but he try to seek a promotion that they've been yeah department well.
One of the goals -- I guess as to avoid the stigma or try to reduce the stigma we associate.
With mental health issues.
Absolutely absolutely it's a serious statement and the -- him anyways.
That our service members are dealing with had a chance to visit our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And so many of them told me -- you know what we would love to really have an open dialogue and and and get some counseling.
But -- taboo was so great it's just such a stigma associated with seeking treatment but it's difficult to do.
And you hear about people after the fact it PT SD sometimes years after they've served.
And end -- creeps up on them and -- they don't even know what hit them.
Absolutely and and families have been impacted by a -- it has resulted in many ways it job loss.
And and so it's something that the military can do more of this at all about for me -- A soldier by the name of -- -- when you constituent of mine who committed suicide.
And this suicide could have been prevented had the military taken into account that he had been red flag several times during multiple tours of duty.
Conducted most of about it.
It as a result he committed suicide and -- his -- -- and I have been in conversation that should factor introduced.
About two years ago that was signed into law by President Obama didn't -- specifically -- mental health and so my two additional bills are just a continuation of that that the -- We had more suicides in 2012 -- we had deaths in Afghanistan I think 386.
Suicides in the military and -- twelve.
And it's not getting better.
No -- no not at all you know the the military has improved in some ways it's mental health services over the over the last several years but they're far from perfect you can handle this -- we don't know change can be various -- a very slow -- specially.
In a bureaucracy as large as the Department of Defense.
-- just helps these bills really helps them reach a point where I'm confident that they would.
IB units are now in terms of really -- the way for our troops to military well.
-- period really given an option to conducting screenings.
Even over the Internet.
From from some of our soldiers who were afraid -- Try to be open with seeking the kind of scope that they need this peace deal currently analyzing the bill.
As it was just introduced but I suspect that they walked side.
That it cost very little.
We don't Andre Carson congressman -- and I would hope congressman Carson that.
The gig doing away with some of the stigma about mental health which spread.
Beyond that to the greater society because I know it's an issue also on the gun issue the fact that.
-- mental health checks and having that is part of background checks and that we get people to be more up front about that and talk about and get out but they need it it might help.
In terms of those who get guns as well.
Apple certainly you know.
Someone -- comes from a family of marine I'm a former police officer myself.
I think this mental health peace cannot be overlooked.
As it relates to the -- legislation that we're proposing them.
Legislators from both sides of the aisle are around Celine with the mental health component in this put even more so with our military you know.
Folks come back.
From from multiple tours of duty trying to re integrate back into society.
And the after effects.
Of having been the bitter war.
Have a tremendous.
On those folks who -- well trained and could make a positive contribution to our society we don't want another Vietnam.
Congressman -- -- the second Muslim in in office tonight I Iowa showed when I succeed and -- Keith Ellison got attacked and they -- -- -- carry the Koran with them when he.
You know and all these these false things in the anti Muslim bigotry in this country post 9/11 is extremely troubling have you as had been a hurdle for you at all in terms of being a national figure now -- in your job is it affected you and anyway.
There have been numerous challenges.
But they're vocal and opportunities as well.
-- -- traveled the country and abroad and troubled by now new district it's really did give me an opportunity.
At least represent who I am one as -- servant of the people.
Two in the -- -- and a proud American but lastly as someone who happens to be a Muslim wants what's best for this country.
I just last year.
I've made a statement.
I can't get into -- hot water.
My wife and my wife as a principal and she's an agitator.
And and -- I addressed a group of of Moscow London and new England and always -- for professionals there there's there's some positions they're they're they're judges.
-- attorneys and many of them politicians.
And they're building schools across the country and I sit you know what.
Be proud of who you -- be proud of the fact that you guys love America and I used the terminology -- -- and how many people associate that lives.
I saw that YouTube today about a way congress and threat but -- people hear the word madrassa it just -- school right.
It's just made school right and I have an advocate for education someone who has gone -- both private and public education -- contrary right now.
Many are based space -- not support the separation of church and state but there are wonderful Christian schools and our country wonderful Jewish schools and our country.
Wonderful Islamic based schools who are teaching our kids.
To be great to be the next scientists to be the next engineers and you know what these schools are graduating kids who not only bilingual -- -- trial in bulk of the fact that our public schools.
Our output support we're graduating kids were -- delivered its really -- -- but the question that I polls issues on the video was.
What might America be able to loan from some of our faith based institutions now could -- -- my -- certainly in retrospect.
But that was -- the -- my message as a -- America on a challenge Gupta is school system to do better.
It's important editing -- people that the word madrassa is there's some nefarious.
Worried it just means school you've got people like in Florida -- -- a bill about.
Doing when -- Sharia or a law I mean we have Kosher law that gives observed by Jews we have other -- but the notion that.
There's this surreal law has to be eliminated in these legislators and some of the red states going in and doing things that we -- eliminate -- and it's it's such.
It's ignorance to -- and it drives me crazy must regularly been crazy.
Absolutely as I said before that's presented that many challenges but it also presents an opportunity.
To educate hopes on -- element to show people that -- yes I am almost woman dole Muslims are.
-- -- -- we're certainly not.
And and and there are various Muslims but there are many Muslims making positive contribution to our society I work in character and and and -- former Homeland Security working with the FBI.
Working with the US marshals working their state police and excise police and so on and so forth and I continue right now as you know.
We could never we will never win the war against terrorism without getting help -- -- -- -- to do another.
We have Americans die Newman dying in Muslim countries for the sake of protecting America so.
Anyway and I appreciate you coming on the program sir and I hope you legislation is a good chance of passage.
Tickets -- what we appreciate all the work that you do.
Thank you for your time sir thanks very much congressman Andre Carson of Indiana.
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