PTSD Military And Veterans Should Rec...

PTSD Military And Veterans Should Receive Purple Hearts, NAMI Urges

There are 5 comments on the Medical News Today story from Jul 1, 2012, titled PTSD Military And Veterans Should Receive Purple Hearts, NAMI Urges. In it, Medical News Today reports that:

Main Category: Veterans / Ex-Servicemen Also Included In: Psychology / Psychiatry ; Depression ; Mental Health Article Date: 01 Jul 2012 - 7:00 PDT Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an invisible wound and soldiers with PTSD should be considered for Purple Heart medals , the National Alliance on Mental Illness urged yesterday as it launched a ... (more)

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Grif-101

Dunn, NC

#1 Jul 3, 2012
©POST COMBAT STRESS DISORDER - PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
By Peter S. Griffin
All too often, in regards to combat stress, medical professionals do not categorize or differentiate between the many different causes of traumatic stress. Dealing with the military mindset of “duty - honor – country” and "taking the pain" mentality to display strength, stamina and resilience in the military arena... it is a major medical error not recognize and address the cause, i.e. battle/combat! If combat stress does not come from the enemy, where in the hell does it come from? Combat stress, without doubt, is an honorable, enemy inflicted wound, and as such, merits the awarding of the Purple Heart Medal... at parity with physical wounds. Combat stress does not come from fear, as many people believe! It comes from ignoring fear, over and over again until the mind involuntarily tells the warrior it is time to stop their hazardous behavior for self- preservation.(That does not mean they do… the military would definitely frown on that, punish the warrior and brand them a coward.) This is the onset of Post Combat Stress Disorder,“PCSD”! Most physical wounds do heal, as tragic and painful as they are. However, Post Combat Stress Disorder (PCSD) has the ability to keep killing decades after battle exposure. Without a doubt, far too many rear- echelon, non-combat personnel can and do claim they suffer from combat stress. If they witnessed the aftermath of battle such as dead and wounded warriors, where it troubled them psychologically later in life… I refer to that as “combat related PTSD”. Under the current threshold for establishing a PTSD claim… "fearing a traumatic event even if it does not occur" criteria any trivial act would qualify. Is this not the home of the brave? It is a ridiculous, insulting standard to any true warrior! It needs to be eliminated and replaced with high standards and levels of combat exposure documented by military authorities that mesh with the stress symptoms displayed by the individual warrior/combat veteran. Other forms of trauma are, as you know, the result of accident (helicopter crash), crime (assault) or natural disaster (earthquake), etc. People suffering stress from these causes are all victims and suffer from PTSD, not combat stress! Warriors put themselves in harm's way for "duty - honor - country!" Their reward for this is in the form of military citations, merit awards, proficiency badges and valor medals.(Their monetary compensation is marginal.) They mean the world to them and are held in high esteem! Their service is all about HONOR! Before successful psychological treatment can be achieved the military and medical authorities must replace the stigmas with well-deserved recognition, respect and dignity! I believe the awarding of the Purple Heart Medal will go a long way in satisfying this gaping void in their honorable and brave combat exposure and actions, resulting in more effective psychological treatment! If you would, kindly visit Griffin's Lair: A Post Combat Stress Disorder Website, http://www.grifslair.com/ I think you will find it most informative and interesting.
Please SHARE IF YOU CARE about our troos and combat vets. THANKS!
Grif-101

Dunn, NC

#2 Jul 3, 2012
©POST COMBAT STRESS DISORDER - PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
By Peter S. Griffin
All too often, in regards to combat stress, medical professionals do not categorize or differentiate between the many different causes of traumatic stress. Dealing with the military mindset of “duty - honor – country” and "taking the pain" mentality to display strength, stamina and resilience in the military arena... it is a major medical error not recognize and address the cause, i.e. battle/combat! If combat stress does not come from the enemy, where in the hell does it come from? Combat stress, without doubt, is an honorable, enemy inflicted wound, and as such, merits the awarding of the Purple Heart Medal... at parity with physical wounds. Combat stress does not come from fear, as many people believe! It comes from ignoring fear, over and over again until the mind involuntarily tells the warrior it is time to stop their hazardous behavior for self- preservation.(That does not mean they do… the military would definitely frown on that, punish the warrior and brand them a coward.) This is the onset of Post Combat Stress Disorder,“PCSD”! Most physical wounds do heal, as tragic and painful as they are. However, Post Combat Stress Disorder (PCSD) has the ability to keep killing decades after battle exposure. Without a doubt, far too many rear- echelon, non-combat personnel can and do claim they suffer from combat stress. If they witnessed the aftermath of battle such as dead and wounded warriors, where it troubled them psychologically later in life… I refer to that as “combat related PTSD”. Under the current threshold for establishing a PTSD claim… "fearing a traumatic event even if it does not occur" criteria any trivial act would qualify. Is this not the home of the brave? It is a ridiculous, insulting standard to any true warrior! It needs to be eliminated and replaced with high standards and levels of combat exposure documented by military authorities that mesh with the stress symptoms displayed by the individual warrior/combat veteran. Other forms of trauma are, as you know, the result of accident (helicopter crash), crime (assault) or natural disaster (earthquake), etc. People suffering stress from these causes are all victims and suffer from PTSD, not combat stress! Warriors put themselves in harm's way for "duty - honor - country!" Their reward for this is in the form of military citations, merit awards, proficiency badges and valor medals.(Their monetary compensation is marginal.) They mean the world to them and are held in high esteem! Their service is all about HONOR! Before successful psychological treatment can be achieved the military and medical authorities must replace the stigmas with well-deserved recognition, respect and dignity! I believe the awarding of the Purple Heart Medal will go a long way in satisfying this gaping void in their honorable and brave combat exposure and actions, resulting in more effective psychological treatment! If you would, kindly visit Griffin's Lair: A Post Combat Stress Disorder Website, http://www.grifslair.com/ I think you will find it most informative and interesting.
Please SHARE IF YOU CARE about our troops and combat vets, THANKS!
Ray69-70

United States

#5 Jan 31, 2014
Purple Heart for a mental issue? Are You freaking kidding Me? What in the hell has the Army become? I can't believe that any Combat Vet would back this BS.
Vietnam Vet-1stDiv

United States

#6 Feb 5, 2014
This is total BS, it has to be a joke
humanSpirit

High Springs, FL

#7 Feb 7, 2014
The Mental Health industry who created the problems of PTSD and the 101 other mind diseases are just trying to make more money and need your support on this purple heart issue.

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