Monday, June 2, 2008

PTSD Update from Veterans for Common Sense

Veterans for Common Sense posted important PTSD-related information:
"Last week, the Pentagon released a report showing a 50% increase in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cases in 2007.

"PTSD can only be treated if it is recognized, and research shows that stigmatizing PTSD reduces the number of veterans seeking care. That's why we became furious when James Peake said that PTSD and TBI are nothing more than a highschool football injury.

"VCS is disappointed that military insurance is inadequate in meeting mental health care needs.

We are outraged that sexual assault on female soldiers is not an official cause of PTSD.

"A VA employee in Jackson, Mississippi, gives hope that reform is on the way when he blows the whistle on a bungled claims processing system. James G. "Bo" Maske states 'improper denials, poor service to veterans,' slows claims processing to a crawl.

"Finally, lest we forget the reason we fight this fight, a tragic story illustrates what can go wrong when VA fails to come through with prompt PTSD treatment.

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