Thursday, May 22, 2008

War On, Sex Over?

3,000 of the 30,000 wounded troops in Iraq are left missing their limbs. Yet often times the detachment doesn't end there. Many wounded vets suffer long term damage, both physically and psychologically, because they are uncomfortable or unable to perform how they used to in the bedroom. Whether they are capable or incapable of sex there are hardly any resources out there that allow individuals or couples to discuss sexual matters openly thus preventing them from finding options which will return them to sexual fulfillment they once had. Now, that's changing, and good for them, because if anyone deserves a great lay- it's those out there that caught in this war.

From AM New York:

WASHINGTON - When B.J. Jackson lost both his legs to an Iraq war injury, his doctors talked about a lot of things, but they didn't mention how it might affect his sex life.

Jackson's less-bashful wife brought it up. But even then the couple didn't get the answers they sought.

Jackson and his wife, Abby, say it's time to get the issue out in the open in both military medical settings and at home. And they got a lot of agreement at a conference Wednesday, billed as the first of its kind, that focused on wounded troops and intimacy with their partners -- in the bedroom and outside it.


Said one soldier, "My feeling is the sooner it's discussed and the more it's discussed, the more chance of having less arguments, less confusion, less frustration," he said in an interview. "The more you communicate among yourselves the better off you'll be, instead of well, 'I'm mad, so I'm just going to roll over."

1 comment:

RG said...

Yeah, great for straight couples and wounded vets. But what about all the closeted gay vets? You think the military is going to help them? Please.

I will say this though, I fortunate that when I go to the VA and on occasion having taken advantage of counseling services (love my therapist) I received excellent care.

I hope they work this thing out. Sex and sexuality, whether or not we want to recognize it or not, is a big deal to most people.