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Old 10-24-2017, 07:19 PM
Location: Colorado
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This is something that came up recently. A year ago (after years of mental misery) I finally went for a mental health assessment and was diagnosed with PTSD and put on sertraline. The difference is amazing, and I only regret not having done it years ago.

While I'm largely happy with my job, every so often I look to see what else is out there. There was one position that caught my eye, so I decided to apply for it. I got to the 'veteran' part of the application, and saw a whole list of things that fall under 'disabled veteran' status....PTSD being one of them.

I don't recall ever having seen that before, but admittedly it's been years since I applied for a job, and since I wasn't diagnosed until a year ago, it could be that I just glossed over it.

I wound up not finishing the application, because weirdly enough.....I don't quite know what to make of the disabled vet status. I'm not discounting it, I just have problems applying it to myself, if that makes any sense. And I guess I also wonder if marking myself as such would be considered a 'red flag'. I know theoretically it's supposed to be so they can make accommodations for you based off your needs--for example, a guy in a wheelchair would need a parking space, a ramp, an elevator to get between floors, and such....but I'm not sure what they would need to do in my case. I don't need a therapy dog, for example--the sertraline and therapy seems to have done the trick for me. I was able to *function*, I just usually waivered between rage and depression. (I still get annoyed or upset, but I don't go into spiraling meltdowns anymore. I'm more able to shrug things off.)

Out of curiosity, I went to my company profile, and saw that I could change my status from 'veteran' to 'disabled veteran' for the same reason--PTSD. I haven't done it for the same reasons as above.

Has anybody else come across this? What did you do in your case? How do you think it effects your chances at the position, or how your employers view you? For those who *are* employers, what would your thoughts be?
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Old 10-25-2017, 04:03 AM
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My neighbor after serving in military and college got a job as some sort of counselor at the local prison. Worked there for a few years but wanted a Federal Marshal job. Took awhile but he got the Federal Marshal job.

He is 30% disabled for PTSD.

Not sure what part of the application process this information is collected or known.

Medical information should be on a need to know basis.
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