Martinez spews garbage about veterans and PTSD

I can't believe the N&O actually printed this mess:

Not all veterans are created equally. Combat vets are special, and the burdens they're forced to bear deserve priority status.

That's why I was disheartened to see the Department of Veterans Affairs significantly relax the requirements for a veteran to receive benefits for post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The change was made without much fanfare or discussion earlier this month.

Without much discussion? Are you really that dense, or are you putting on an act? Veterans have been fighting for this change for decades, and entire libraries can be stocked with the testimony and Q&A's from Congressional sub-committees and Federal lawsuits.

Under the old rules, a vet had to prove he or she was exposed to a specific traumatic event, such as a firefight, a bomb attack or ambush. Under the new system, the mere fear of a traumatic event qualifies. Trauma tied to a real combat event is no longer required.

No, under the old rules, a veteran had to produce documentary proof of a stressing "event", and even if they could remember the specific date/time/place, nearly all documents associated with said event were/are classified. In walks the lawyer the vet can't afford, to submit the FOIA's that will be ignored or delayed for a few years.

But making erroneous and unqualified value judgments about combat and stress isn't quite enough for Little Ricky. Oh no. He must saunter down the lane of character and integrity attacks on veterans:

The other glaring flaw in the new regulations that can't be ignored: their vulnerability to fraud. How does one prove, or disprove, stress disorder caused by traumatic fear?

I fear that in order to cope with the influx, acute care for deserving veterans who experienced real, debilitating terror in combat will be sacrificed so treatment can be given to vets who were merely scared out of their wits.

"Merely scared out of their wits"? Excuse my French Ricky, but you're a fucking idiot. Every single day, 18 veterans take their own lives. That's well over 6,000 per year, which is a hell of a lot more veterans than (might) successfully perpetrate fraud on the VA.

And that's 6,000 veterans that won't be filing or following up on their claims, because, you know. They're dead.

Comments

Read the comment I left for little Ricky

Just left a comment for little Ricky about his column. Look for tucatjack.

One man with courage is a majority - Andrew Jackson

Good points, Jack

Thanks for your thoughts on this.

Jack - you should repost your comments here.

Very well written.

My comments from the N&O

Here are my comments as posted at the N&O:

While you make a good argument to go back to the way it was, might I point out that by "your" standards the flight deck crewman, male or female now, who sees their buddy turned into a pink haze is less traumatized then his or her peers in combat who witness their friends killed. If that is your argument then you know nothing about military life. You seem to think that one type of serviceman or woman is more valuable then others, well from a twenty year Navy veteran, a veteran is a veteran, period. Just ask a veteran sometime if he felt the supply sergeant who made sure his ammo and food arrived where he or she was is less worthy. Or ask the submariners who patrol the seas with nuclear tipped missiles about the fear that rises up when they hear the battle stations missile alarm, the fear that their loved ones are no longer alive because missiles fired from subs are the last resort after a first strike. Oh did I tell you these submariners do not know that the alarm is part of a drill. For all they know the US is under attack. Go through that scenario dozens of times in 90 days and tell me that your outlook might not be changed.

As you point out, military life is full of danger, so let me leave you with this bit of wisdom, the day that a reporter in Raleigh might face half the danger that a member of the military faces, that will be the day that the reporter can weigh in on which veteran may be eligible to receive benefits for PTSD.

One man with courage is a majority - Andrew Jackson

Thanks for your comments

And thank you for your service.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Even dogs get PTSD

and even dogs get help for it. Not to diminish what human soldiers with crystal clear memories suffer but even dogs get PTSD.

Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq as a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the military, conducting door-to-door searches and witnessing all sorts of noisy explosions.

She returned home to Colorado cowering and fearful. When her handlers tried to take her into a building, she would stiffen her legs and resist. Once inside, she would tuck her tail beneath her body and slink along the floor. She would hide under furniture or in a corner to avoid people.

A military veterinarian diagnosed with her post-traumatic stress disorder — a condition that experts say can afflict dogs just like it does humans.

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0803/military-dog-home-iraq-traumatized/

Progressives are the true conservatives.

It runs deep

Being exposed to traumatic events taps into our "primal" fears, as opposed to our more intellect-oriented fears. And prolonged/repeated exposure compounds that fear. So it's not really surprising that it could have long-term effects on other animals.