VA Chief Likens PTSD to "High School Football Injury"
by ItsNeverOver, Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 12:10:15 PM EDT
When I interviewed Josh about his difficulties seeking help for his PTSD, he recounted the whole horrific process with a smile on his face and a self-effacing laugh. It took me a while to realize that Josh laughed about his troubles because the seriousness of the situation was overpowering. Unfortunately, even the VA is starting to turn its back on the gravity of this problem, even as it escalates to frightening proportions.
Stay tuned to the Progressive Future website, as we will be launching these videos in the near future.
Addressing the stigma of PTSD is one thing; downplaying the prevalence and devastation of this problem in order to deflect any responsibility of the VA is another. PTSD is an effect of our troops living through horrific scenes, burdened with stop-loss and extra tours of duty; left untreated, it can mark the lives of these young men and women for years and even decades. The fact that the VA's mental health services are grossly insufficient is a problem that the VA needs to address before more veterans slip through the cracks. We can come together to support veterans in their mental health needs by urging the passage of the Veteran Mental Health Act of 2008, working its way though the House. This bill will expand mental health services to veterans to address the growing problem of PTSD, substance abuse and suicide risks of homecoming troops. Join us in calling on our leaders in Congress to make this happen.