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February 24th, 2012
06:18 PM ET

Army downplays PTSD claims

Brooke Baldwin talks to an Army veteran's activist about a recent charge that the Army may be skimping on claims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the syndrome's high cost of treatment. Tom Tarantino tells Brooke that treating PTSD on the front end alleviates medical treatment costs.

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  1. Loren Morse (Butch)

    I know how The Military works when it comes to Disabilities and any soldier who served in combat has some sort of PTSD it just depends on How Severe and How it effects their lives. The Military says they are working hard with The VA to help those who apply but really they just want you to go away.

    February 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  2. Mike Prather

    When it comes to diagnosing PTSD, the provider really has no say in this argument. The healthcare community uses the phase "significant mechanism of injury." If a service member can show a significant mechanism of injury occurred while on active duty, and they say they are having symptoms of PTSD, the provider cannot deny diagnosis or treatment. Denial of treatment would violate the Hippocratic Oath.

    February 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  3. Jaina Bledsoe

    I currently have a claim with the VA for PTSD. It all boiled down to questions about my history prior to entering the service. Because there was a brief period of childhood physical abuse, the VA latched on to "Personality Disorder" to explain away the PTSD.

    Never mind the 6.5 years of service, the 3 Achievement medals, the top honors in service schools, and the 5 promotions to Staff Sergeant/E-6..... that was all some sort of fluke in their eyes.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  4. Mike Prather

    Jaina,
    Don't give up your claim. The VA always gives you the least amount at first. Your childhood abuse injuries were made worse by your military service. This is a valid argument for PTSD and you should receive benefits based on how your injuries have effected your civilian life. Get a Veterans Service Officer(I used American Legion) to help you with your claim. The VA will respect you more if you have a representative and its free. Keep fighting, you deserve compensation and thank you for your service to our country.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  5. Steve

    Okay I'll say it if nobody else will,

    Of the troops that serve in "combat" there is approximately 140 of every 1000 soldiers which are combat troops (the others are support troops). The designation "Combat troops" is used pretty loosely in my opinion also. of those probably less than 20% EVER even see an enemy "soldier" on the battlefield. So in reality we are talking about a small overall percentage of military personnel that actually engage in actual "combat" (you can write out about 99% of Air Force and Navy). Statistically 95% ( a PTSD Psychiatrist gave me this number) of PTSD clears up after 2 months. So long term PTSD is VERY rare. Often times people confuse grief with PTSD. They are not the same. And Jaina, a persons mental status before going over should absolutely be a factor. You have a stellar record but non-combat medals and promotions are not an indicator of legitimate combat stress (I have 23 yrs of service and multiple bronze stars as well)

    So here is THE TRUTH. Most people in Iraq and Afghanistan NEVER see combat. Many people that have confuse grief and PTSD. A lot of people are trying to milk the system. A LOT!!

    Now feel free to rip me apart but be informed that I spent 23 yrs as a Navy SEAL, lost 52 teammates in combat, killed hundreds in combat AND had two episodes of PTSD (which cleared up after a few months) I recently retired and filed a VA claim myself (for 12 Herniated discs and a fusion) But no PTSD.

    I am not saying it doesnt exist, I am saying it is highly abused as is the VA system.

    Now, fire at will......

    March 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  6. Jessy

    I agree, the system is abused. There are a lot of personnel that don't see actually see combat, but as a support troop, there are time in which you come under attack. So at that time you may engage in temporary conflicts. It is one thing to be meeting the enemy head on, but it is something different when there is a surprise attack. I'm a trained heavy equipment mechanic, that's what I proficient at, us support troops have minimal combat training. Since there is no more front lines, the enemy have free access to the noncombat MOS troops. Its a very scary situation to go from fix a down piece of equipment to a fire fight hoping you will live to see another day. Or because you on a convoy run getting supplies from Baghdad to FOB Ridgway and the convoy come under attack and you see one of your buddies die. The VSO's is one of the biggest problems to This PTSD claiming epidemic.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:37 am |
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