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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 07:40 AM
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President Obama says country must help vets with PTSD
Source: Associated Press

With the military fighting two wars, President Barack Obama said Saturday the country has a "solemn responsibility" to ensure that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder get the help they need.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is to announce new regulations Monday intended to make it easier for veterans with PTSD to receive government benefits. The new rules will not only apply to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but also those who served in previous conflicts.

The regulations drop a provision requiring veterans to prove what caused their illness. Instead, veterans would have to show that the conditions surrounding the time and place of their service could have contributed to their illness.

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In his weekly radio and online address, Obama said the new regulations are part of the country's "solemn responsibility to provide our veterans and wounded warriors with the care and benefits they've earned when they come home.


Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100710/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_o...



Weekly Address: Help for Vets with PTSD
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address
Weekly Address: President Obama Announces Changes to Help Veterans with PTSD Receive the Benefits They Need
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/weekly-addre...
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 07:48 AM
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1. Good news for the vets.
I remember before when the doctors were told to limit a diagnose PTSD.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 07:51 AM
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2. yup - good idea to help the vets..
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 07:53 AM
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3. "must"......
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burnsei sensei Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 08:03 AM
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4. I certainly hope that the government is tired of
1. watching them commit suicide.
2. watching them go to jail for violence.
3. watching them commit homicide.
4. watching them die from lethal cocktails of drugs administered by falsely compassionate administrating doctors.
5. watching them in homelessness and abject poverty.

Yes, the government has been watching for too long.
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Yeahyeah Donating Member (741 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 08:06 AM
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5. Got to.And he's making so many more of them.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 04:45 PM
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12. Yes lets make another 300,000 or so Zombies
</sarcasm> They are fighting for FREEDOM don't you know
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 08:34 AM
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6. Prevention is the best cure......
Obama get the fuck out of Iraq and Afghanistan right now!!!!!
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 09:03 AM
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7. While This is a Very Good Thing and Very Important
I am on the side of prevention, as in no wars unless absolutely necessary. How about we bring our men and women home?
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 09:15 AM
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8. Better yet, bring our troops home from an immoral war so they won't have PTSD from obeying orders to
murder innocent people.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 11:32 AM
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9. Bingo.
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 04:31 PM
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11. Further stigmatizing PTSD isn't a good idea
I don't believe that was your intention, but associating PTSD with those who "murder innocent people" conveys the misleading impression, or at least a suspicion, that the PTSD sufferer must have committed war crimes.

Obviously, PTSD can be caused merely by witnesing the carnage of war, including carnage to civilians (and I know some Vietnam vets whose PTSD is directly linked to their having witnessed horrific injuries to Vietnamese civilians).

We have to remember, too, the incidence of PTSD among victims of rape and of natural and man-made accidents and disasters--people who never injured, killed, or "murdered" anyone.

It's difficult enough for a trauma survivor to reach out to get help. It's even more difficult when stigmatization associates what is as normal human reaction to extraordinary traumatic experience with commission of atrocities or war crimes.
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 05:29 PM
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13. I have a close relative with PTSD from that immoral war and several close friends with PTSD. There
lives are destroyed although their bodies bear no physical scars.

McChrystal understood the damage it did to US efforts build a stable government which is one of Obama's two COIN goals. He imposed ROE that put our troops at great risk but the choices were only two. Either ROE that killed more innocent civilians OR ROE that killed more innocent US troops.

Now Petraeus is reviewing McChrystal's ROE and the expected result is revised ROE that will kill more innocent civilians.

IMO it's immoral to ask my relatives and friends on active duty in Afghanistan to put their lives and minds at risk for a war "to establish a stable government".

Call death what you will, it makes no difference to me but several things are indisputably true. (1) innocent civilians die and (2) they are dead.
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cheneyschernobyl Donating Member (137 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-10 07:57 PM
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14. Thank you;
I was diagnosed with PTSD and medically retired from the military in late 2008. Had other issues, but the PTSD was the thing specifically listed in Medical Board's report. Sometimes can't sleep well for several days in a row; things like that kind of hinder job performance.

No regrets from me regarding joining the military. I wanted to help our nation, and served on 4 continents during my career.
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 09:07 AM
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15. You're welcome
Welcome Home, and welcome to DU!

Living with PTSD can be a real struggle, but it's possible to manage if you hang in there, and take care of yourself. One thing I believe can't be emphasized enough is the importance of maintaining a good support system.

Wishing you all the best, cheneyschernobyl. :patriot:

Love & Peace,
pinboy3niner
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 11:39 AM
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10. Then stop making MORE of them!!
How hard is that to figure out...really?!
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 09:17 AM
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16. End the war. Hypocrite! nt
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 09:19 AM
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17. Of course we must see they get treated. Even better: Stop sending them them where
Edited on Mon Jul-12-10 09:23 AM by No Elephants
they will get dead, maimed or otherwise damaged. We have more than enough blood on our hands for this entire millenium already.
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