Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in America's Veterans
** Post-traumatic stress soars in U.S. troops **
Study says 300,000 U.S. troops suffer mental problems
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The disgraceful treatment of our veterans
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Currently, 25 Times More Veterans Are Dying From PTSD Suicide Than Combat In Iraq. IT IS TRUE...
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** Post-traumatic stress soars in U.S. troops: IS THIS HOW THEY WILL BE TREATED **
** Post-traumatic stress soars in U.S. troops **
VA psychologist to staff: don't diagnose PTSD
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Women experience stronger forms of post-traumatic stress disorder and have higher PTSD rates.
Audie Murphy (American Hero) had it!
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According to Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) estimates, there are over 98,000 new PTSD Vets
IS PTSD HARASSMENT A FORM OF DISCRIMINATION
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Audie Murphy (Hollywood Celebrity & American Combat Hero) had PTSD  Details below

 

 
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A real David vs. Goliath story.
 
 
Serving as a  PRO SE, Superior Court plaintiff,  a PTSD disabled veteran convinced Honorable Judge Ronald Graves that a high level Supreme Court Official and his law firm committed Legal Malpractice.   Over the objection of this high level Supreme Court official, Judge Graves determined that the disabled vet's charges and evidence "warrants the Law Division for damages."     When the disabled veteran asked the court for a transcript of Judge Graves' decision, he was notified by the court clerk that part of the court transcript was (strangely) missing and could not be reproduced."    Read some of the court filed letters by pressing here.   http://www.americans-working-together.com/id111.html    This missing court transcript helped this corrupt, high level Supreme Court official and his corrupt law firm to get away with Legal Malpractices charges and Attorney Ethics charges.    This state courts' COVER-UP is still going on.       PRESS  HERE  FOR  EVIDENCE 
 
IT'S  ALREADY  BEEN  SEVEN  YEARS  OF  BATTLE,  BUT  DAVID  IS  NOT  GIVING  UP,  UNTIL GOLIATH  AND  HIS  SUPPORTERS  COME  DOWN  TO  JUSTICE.
 

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PTSD  DISCRIMINATION  MUST  END  NOW.
 
Please sign a PTSD Veteran's petition to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, requesting a New Jersey State investigation, independent from the state agencies and departments which hold a Conflict of Interest in these PTSD discrimination charges.   Currently, there are 1,061 signers and hundreds of comments.
 
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Post-traumatic stress soars in U.S. troops

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newly diagnosed cases of post-traumatic stress disorder among U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan surged 46.4 percent in 2007, bringing the five-year total to nearly 40,000, according to U.S. military data released on Tuesday.

The statistics, released by the Army, showed the number of new PTSD cases formally diagnosed at U.S. military facilities climbed to 13,981 last year from 9,549 in 2006.

The numbers rose as President George W. Bush poured extra forces into Iraq to try to quell sectarian violence and extended Army tours from 12 to 15 months. The United States has also sent more forces to Afghanistan.

The figures, encompassing all four branches of the U.S. armed services, showed that the Army alone had 10,049 new PTSD cases last year.

This brings to 39,366 the number of PTSD cases diagnosed at military facilities between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2007, among troops deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

The totals include 28,365 cases for the Army, 5,641 for the Marines, 2,884 for the Navy and 2,476 for the Air Force.

Army officials said the larger number of PTSD diagnoses in recent years partly reflects greater awareness and tracking of the disorder by the U.S. military.

LONGER, MULTIPLE COMBAT TOURS

"But we're also exposing more people to combat," Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the Army surgeon general, told reporters.

Experts also say PTSD symptoms increase as soldiers return to combat for multiple tours of duty.

PTSD is a health condition that can result from wartime trauma such as being physically wounded or seeing others hurt or killed.

Symptoms range from irritability and outbursts of anger to sleep difficulties, trouble concentrating, extreme vigilance and an exaggerated startle response. People with the condition can persistently relive the traumatic events that initially induced horror or helplessness.

The Pentagon has come under mounting political pressure in recent years to enhance treatment for PTSD amid criticism that initial programs were inadequate.

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a change in the U.S. government clearance process that allows PTSD sufferers to seek help for combat-related mental health problems without risking their military careers.

Army officials on Tuesday emphasized that the data do not reflect the actual number of troops and war veterans who suffer from PTSD, many of whom do not seek treatment or have been diagnosed at civilian facilities where records are confidential.

A recent study by the RAND Corp. estimated about 300,000 troops, or 18.5 percent, of the more than 1.5 million troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan exhibit symptoms of either PTSD or depression.

The fresh statistics add detail about the scale of human suffering from two wars that have killed 4,579 U.S. troops and inflicted physical wounds on 32,076 more.

There currently are 155,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 33,000 in Afghanistan.

(Editing by Will Dunham and Bill Trott)

 
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May 16, 2008

VA psychologist to staff: don't diagnose PTSD

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/triage/2008/05/va-psychologist.html

A furor has erupted over a psychologist’s email directing staff at a Texas veterans facility to withhold diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder from soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

In the email, Norma J. Perez, PTSD program coordinator at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center in Temple, Texas, tells staff “given that we are having more and more compensation seeking veterans, I’d like to suggest that you refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out.”

Instead, she advises “consider a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder.”

Veteran Affairs staff “really don’t ... have the time to do the extensive testing that should be done to determine PTSD,” Perez wrote.

VA Secretary James Peak immediately called Perez’s email “inappropriate” and insisted that it didn’t reflect VA policy, the Washington Post reported Friday. In a statement, Peak said the staffer’s action was “repudiated at the highest level of our health care organization.”

Oddly, Peake indicated that Perez – a psychologist – was staying in her job, after becoming “extremely apologetic” when counseled.

That infuriated people writing comments at the Washington Post’s Web site, who called Perez a “no good dirt bag” and recommended that she be given “100 lashes” and “fired for dereliction of duty.”

What’s at stake is veterans’ ability to get disability and health care benefits from the VA. A diagnosis of “adjustment disorder” doesn’t deliver the same level of benefits as would a diagnosis of PTSD, Paul Sullivan, the executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, told CBS news.

“VA staff across the country are working their hearts out to get our veterans the care they need and deserve,” U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told CBS. “But emails like these make their jobs far more difficult.”

The chairs of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees promised Friday to investigate the matter, and Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) called Perez’s email “outrageous” in a statement calling for a probe.

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), who heads the House committee, said he wanted to know whether the Texas psychologist was acting on orders. “Where is she getting it from,” Filner said he wanted Peake to explain, according to the Associated Press. “Why is she saying this? Who is giving her the order?”

VA spokewoman Alison Aikele told the AP Friday that Perez was just making a suggestion. “We’re not aware of any other instances where this happened,” Aikele said.

Just last month, the Rand Corp. released a report estimating that about 300,000 soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have PTSD or major depression. And last week, a separate furor arose over yet another series of emails that appeared to indicate that VA officials didn’t want to disclose the number of veterans who commit suicide – as many as 18 a day, according to some estimates.

Have you or a family member had trouble getting a diagnosis of PTSD from the Defense Department or the VA? What do you think of the way soldiers are evaluated for these conditions?

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E-mail from VA worker says to avoid PTSD diagnosis

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal e-mail written by a Veterans Affairs Department employee suggested avoiding a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans and instead considering a diagnosis that might result in a lower disability payment.

A copy of the e-mail was distributed Thursday by the groups Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a congressional watchdog group, and VoteVets.org. The e-mail dated March 20 had been forwarded to VoteVets.org, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans lobbying group opposed to the Bush administration's handling of the war and veterans issues.

The name of the sender and the recipients were blacked out by the groups. The e-mail has the subject title "Suggestion."

"Given that we are having more and more compensation seeking veterans, I'd like to suggest that we refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out. Consider a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder, R/O PTSD," the e-mail said.

It also said, "Additionally, we really don't or have time to do the extensive testing that should be done to determine PTSD."

VA Secretary James Peake issued a statement calling the e-mail sender's suggestions "inappropriate" and said the employee had been repudiated and was apologetic. The VA did not release the name of the employee.

"We are committed to absolute accuracy in a diagnosis and unwavering in providing any and all earned benefits," Peake said. "PTSD and the mental health arena is no exception."

Just last week, Peake was called to Capitol Hill to answer questions about internal e-mails that surfaced during a trial that seemed to suggest VA officials were hiding the number of veterans trying to kill themselves. One e-mail started with "Shh!" Some lawmakers have said the official who wrote it should be fired, but Peake has said he has no plans to do so. Peake promised to make the agency more open.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur after a traumatic event such as war. Nightmares, flashbacks, and substance abuse can be among the symptoms.

A recent study by the Rand Corp., found that that about one in five troops who found in Iraq or Afghanistan have symptoms of major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jon Soltz, an Iraq War Veteran who is chairman of VoteVets.org, said some veterans have suspected they received a diagnosis of an adjustment disorder instead of the correct diagnosis of PTSD because the payout to them would be less.

"Many veterans believe that the government just doesn't want to pay out the disability that comes along with a PTSD diagnosis," Soltz said in a statement, "and this revelation will not allay their concerns."

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It is time for the federal and states governments to give the PTSD disabled,

 the "reasonable disability accommodations" that they deserve.

The federal and state games should stop now. 

HOW  MANY  VETS  HAVE  TO  KILL  THEMSELVES?

 
 
 

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A real David vs. Goliath story.
 
Serving as a  PRO SE, Superior Court plaintiff,  a PTSD disabled veteran convinced Honorable Judge Ronald Graves that a high level Supreme Court Official and his law firm committed Legal Malpractice.   Over the objection of this high level Supreme Court official, Judge Graves determined that the disabled vet's charges and evidence "warrants the Law Division for damages."     When the disabled veteran asked the court for a transcript of Judge Graves' decision, he was notified by the court clerk that part of the court transcript was (strangely) missing and could not be reproduced."    Read some of the court filed letters by pressing here.   http://www.americans-working-together.com/id111.html   This missing court transcript helped this corrupt, high level Supreme Court official and his corrupt law firm to get away with Legal Malpractices charges and Attorney Ethics charges.    This state courts' COVER-UP is still going on.       PRESS  HERE  FOR  EVIDENCE 
 
IT'S  ALREADY  BEEN  SEVEN  YEARS  OF  BATTLE,  BUT  DAVID  IS  NOT  GIVING  UP,  UNTIL GOLIATH  AND  HIS  SUPPORTERS  COME  DOWN  TO  JUSTICE.
 
 
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Forgetting politics, with 300,000 new PTSD vets, the federal government must protect these men and women and give them "reasonable disability accommodations" I wish the two parties would work together on this.  These kids should not have to want to kill themselves.

I'm one of a number of moderators at a 8,200 member Yahoo Email group, dedicated to support for veterans with PTSD.    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PTSDveteranSupport   Below is a recent Poll.

Choices Votes   %  reply
There Should Be A Federal PTSD Veterans Advocacy Agency. The President & Congress Should Look Into It Immediately.  7,280      99
There Should Be A Federal PTSD Veterans Advocacy Agency. Congress Should Look Into It Immediately. 31      0
I'm Not Sure. 1 0
There Should NOT Be A Federal PTSD Veterans Advocacy Agency. 1 0
Something Must Be Done, But I'm Not Sure What Will Help... 10 0

 
 
 
PTSD  DISCRIMINATION  MUST  END  NOW.
Please sign a PTSD Veteran's petition to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, requesting a New Jersey State investigation, independent from the state agencies and departments which hold a Conflict of Interest in these PTSD discrimination charges.   Currently, there are 1,061 signers and hundreds of comments.
 
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"I'm looking forward to the day that the federal government makes it a crime to harass the PTSD disabled;  on the same criminal level as Sexual Harassment and the harassment of any physical disability.
The 300,000 'new' PTSD veterans deserve at least this much..."
Jack Cunningham, Proud American, Proud Vietnam Veteran, Disabled PTSD Vet
 
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The United States Military taught us many things,
but never taught us how to give-up and quit.

 
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