08 April 2009


Evidently the Army has been pressuring doctors not to diagnose soldiers as having PTSD.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real, serious condition that affects a lot of people who have been in traumatic circumstances, including but not limited to war, childhood sexual abuse, and natural disasters. It arises in situations where "the person's response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror."

It is extremely difficult to treat, and the people who have been through it need proper treatment. If this story is true--and it seems to be--then it is utterly disgusting to me that we would short shift people who have volunteered to serve our country in such a capacity. To quote Theodore Roosevelt:

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.

Something to contact your congresscritters about.

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