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Subject:      Proposed letter to Congress on the subject of PTSD    (The Letter is below)

Friends we have Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs on board.  All the states should get involved as well.
 
Thomas P. Skaug
MSG Army Retired

316 Sweet Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901-5323
(920) 233-3511
 
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Tom,
 
Thank you for your email in support of veterans with PTSD.  I believe that Sec. Scocos will be responding to you separately.
 
We have a strong interest in issues related to PTSD and veterans, and have included a request for funding for direct state-level PTSD mental health services to veterans to supplement and complement VA mental health services, particularly in rural areas of this state.  This is an important area of WDVA's budget request that would benefit from veterans' group support.
 
Additionally, we have produced an informative brochure for the families of returning servicemembers to help connect veterans suffering from PTSD with available resources that may help them.  The brochure is available throughout the state, and online at http://dva.state.wi.us/Forms/WDVA_B0110_Military_Families_in_Transition.pdf 
 
Again, thank you for your email, and for your efforts on behalf of this important and all-too-often forgotten group of veterans.

Anthony Hardie
WDVA Executive Assistant
Office of the Secretary
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

Direct Phone: (608) 266-0517 -- Fax:  (608) 264-7616
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
30 West Mifflin Street
P.O. Box 7843
Madison, WI  53707-7843
Toll-Free: (800) WIS-VETS   (800-947-8387) 
Web Site:  www.dva.state.wi.us  



From: Greenhornet929@aol.com  [mailto:Greenhornet929@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 8:05 AM
To: John.Scocos@dva.state.wi.us
Cc: Anthony.Hardie@dva.state.wi.us
Subject: Proposed letter to Congress on the subject of PTSD


Good morning John:
 
Request that you read the attached drafted letter and offer your opinion as I believe it  has the merit for our attention.
John I am combat service connected for PTSD and support the idea of educating Congress on the importance of supporting any and all legislation for our troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
In service to veterans,
 
Thomas P. Skaug

Thomas P. Skaug
MSG Army Retired
Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees
Recruiting Director/Past President
www.usdr.org
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Our group is open to veterans as well as their families, their friends and appreciative-supporters.
 
Below is our letter to Congress.  Please send out a copy  (Through snail mail and/or email)  to your member of Congress and your two federal senators.   Also, please pass this email to all those Americans, who care...
Address links to Congress are below.
 
 
 
There are more veterans wounded with PTSD than any other type of combat wound...     According to Department of Veterans Affairs'(VA)estimates, there are over 98,000 new PTSD Vets.
Americans Who Support PTSD Veterans

PTSD VETERAN ADVOCACY GROUP

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Americans Who Support PTSD Veterans

 

 

                                                      

November 00, 2006 

 

 

Honorable Senator (or Congressman)

Address

Address

Address

 

Dear (Senator or Congressman) Name,

 

As a member of Americans Who Support PTSD Veterans we are writing in concern of the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Veterans. We personally feel that veterans who have PTSD have historically been treated like second class citizens. This is sad for individuals who fought for this great country only to come home and be ignored. We want to address this issue with all of the senators and congressman to hopefully get someone to listen to our plight.

 

Veterans with PTSD have been subjected to a stigma where they are considered to be misfits who have no grasp on reality. PTSD is a disability and should be treated as such, especially when it comes to reasonable disability accommodations. Violations of these rights should be considered a federal crime and should be investigated and prosecuted properly. Currently there is a strong focus on discrimination towards an individual’s race or sex which we feel that same focus should be put on veterans with PTSD. PTSD is a real mental illness and should be treated with a high sense of importance.

 

Every March in the federal calendar it is stated that: “SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS A FORM OF DISCRIMINATION.” Not taking away anything from Sexual harassment and discrimination, but if harassment is a form of discrimination, why isn't PTSD harassment a form of discrimination? Harassing anyone with PTSD should be a Civil Rights discrimination crime and should be punished as such by the federal government, even if the federal and state governments are doing the harassing.

 

There have been some improvements in the Veteran Affairs system but they are simply not enough and more has to be done. For a veteran to get service connected benefits, they have to wade through an eternal sea of red tape and wait years for an answer. Can you imagine not being able to work and left with no means to support yourself? Hence, the huge and growing amount of homeless veterans.  

 

The claims process should be much simpler than it is now and we feel that the only way that this is going to be done is putting more money into training those that handle the claims. There is a serious riff between veterans and the VA because of the mistreatment that has been historically portrayed. As veterans we also ponder why illegal immigrants get so much of our tax money to feed, clothe and send illegal immigrants to school rather than helping the veterans that provided the way and means for the choice to be made.

 

There is always the idea that politicians are bought and sold to the highest bidder. To me this is not the case; rather the issue is that there has never been a push to make sure veterans with PTSD get the treatment and compensation they deserve. With the advent of technology, veterans are able to access information easier and thus are now becoming more vocal about their rights.

Just consider that to date, 98,000 military personnel have come back from Afghanistan and Iraq since the conflicts began and are now diagnosed with PTSD.

 

This does not account those that are in denial or have not gone to the VA for help. Someone with PTSD, who has not been informed of the symptoms, begins to think they are crazy, and the world would be a better place if they didn't exist. Due to this there have been too many suicides by suffering veterans. If nothing is done, and the politicians sit by idle, then a big catastrophe is inevitable. Our question for you is where do you stand?

 

Respectfully yours,

John Doe

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Address

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This letter sponsored by:

Jack “John” Cunningham/ John Waltz

Americans Who Support PTSD Veterans

 
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