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Old 04-10-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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VIDEO: This is about how Army doctors are told NOT to diagnose PTSD in returning vets and military.

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This is not right how they are treating these vets.
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:21 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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This is old news. Everyone knew that was the order way back in Dec 2004 when I came back from Iraq. They were pinching pennies and trying to deny vets the medical treatment they need and are owed in order to save money.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:35 AM
 
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Default It's been going on for decades.

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This is old news. Everyone knew that was the order way back in Dec 2004 when I came back from Iraq. They were pinching pennies and trying to deny vets the medical treatment they need and are owed in order to save money.
It's been going on for decades. It doesn't matter who is in the White House.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:48 AM
 
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IMO, we have been treating our vets poorly since Vietnam, maybe even before that. It's rather sickening that these people are out there enduring terrible hardships and we can't even give them psychological services. I am very passionate about this as my grandfather fought in the Korean War and an older gentleman who I look up to received a purple heart fighting for our country. It is a shame to treat our vets this way.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We need to better prepare soldiers for war. IMO, most of the people I served with were terrified to be deployed and were not in a mental capacity to handle combat. They need to better screen recruits and only take the ones that really can handle the stress. Then raise the pay to what it should be.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:14 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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We need to better prepare soldiers for war. IMO, most of the people I served with were terrified to be deployed and were not in a mental capacity to handle combat. They need to better screen recruits and only take the ones that really can handle the stress. Then raise the pay to what it should be.

I have an uncle that is currently serving that said the exact same thing.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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I don't believe that is the case. I've seen men freeze, have psychotic breaks, and just not be able to function and they had the best training as marines you can get. This is an individual case by case situation in which you can't possibly predict how someone is going to react to being in combat until they are. Doc
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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We need to better prepare soldiers for war. IMO, most of the people I served with were terrified to be deployed and were not in a mental capacity to handle combat. They need to better screen recruits and only take the ones that really can handle the stress. Then raise the pay to what it should be.
What happens in combat is not normal for most people to see and be part of. You can read some of my experiences from the Vietnam War at: The Experiences Of A Vietnam Veteran

I'm glad I was NOT a natural born killer. Training only goes so far.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Harrisonville
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It's been going on for decades. It doesn't matter who is in the White House.

That's absolutely right. There has always been pressure on the Doc's not to diagnose conditions that were open-ended, and tied into a lot of other problems. Sleep Apnea for example, can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and depression. They drug their feet behind the private sector for years. I don't think the docs are the problem; it's just that the promises have always greatly exceeded the actual legislation.
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