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October 6th, 2009
09:23 PM ET

AWOL Soldier Points to PTSD

We closed out our first hour today with a segment on mental health issues and the military.

First up: Gary Tuchman's piece on an AWOL soldier - who couldn't take Army life, but couldn't take life on the lam either. This soldier says he had to leave, for the safety of his fellow troops. That he wasn't getting enough help for his PTSD, and felt like a ticking time-bomb.

When he turned himself in yesterday to face a desertion charge, Gary was right there.



Pentagon officials wouldn't go into the specifics of Spc. Gartin's case - but they say there's plenty of mental health treatment available to troops.

We discussed all of this with Tom Tarantino, from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.



October 6th, 2009
08:04 AM ET

Would you get a flu shot if your employer asked?

According to the CDC, the main way that influenza viruses spread is from person to person, through coughs and sneezes. People can also pass the virus before they even know they are infected.

The workplace is a breeding ground for the exchange of germs and viruses. So - Some employers are offering free flu shots at work.

Would you get a flu shot if your employer asked?

Leave a comment and Heidi will read some of them on the air. Watch The Newsroom today from 9a– 11a.

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