the armed forces, veterans, healthcare, and PTSD

April 8, 2009

does the armed forces take responsibility for their employees? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is real, folks, and if you don’t take care of it, it–like any other illness–will fester. the only way to take care of it is to treat it, and you can’t treat it if you’re not aware of it. if the armed forces takes care of their workers’ work-related physical injuries, they should sure as hell take care of work-related mental problems. taking care of PTSD also means working to reduce the stigma associated with suffering from this–i see work being done on both, but i wanted to bring this issue to light here on progressontheprairie.com because i know we all know someone who was or is in the armed forces. PTSD is private, personal… but it is also something that many, many people have to live with, whether the sufferer is themself or a loved one. healthcare and mental health are sensitive issues in everyday civilian life, and we should recognize how difficult/important/delicate they might also be in the lives of our soldier friends.

links on the armed forces and healthcare:

“Taking care of our troops, both when they are abroad and at home, has always been one of my highest priorities,” Byrd said. “I am proud to be an original sponsor of this legislation, which will ensure that all our veterans who were exposed to hazardous materials in Iraq while defending our country receive proper care.”

“The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will spend more than $1.4 billion as part of President Obama’s economic recovery plan to improve services to America’s Veterans.”

National Center for PTSD

PTSD Combat: Winning the War Within (blog)

in support,
beamish

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