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PTSD: Focus on facts, not political correctness

Letter by Greg Kidwell, Puyallup on Feb. 22, 2012 at 9:12 am | 7 Comments »
February 22, 2012 9:13 am

We can look at Madigan Army Medical Center’s handling of post-traumatic stress disorder cases as two polarized truths: Madigan diabolically plots to rob deserving soldiers of their PTSD disability and anyone involved will dearly pay for their collusion; or that some soldiers claiming PTSD do not actually have the condition and do not deserve a disability and anyone voicing such a politically incorrect view will get hurt.

Regardless of what really needs to be addressed – the PTSD process – political correctness trumps all else. In this setting, good people trying to do the right thing are often made into throwaway casualties by those benefiting from a public demonstration of their “caring.”

The facts are that PTSD is a real psychological condition, but PTSD is also very easily contrived and milked for financial gain. There are plenty of military careerist, brown-nosers and politicians eager to use such opportunities to stomp down anyone daring to objectively question this easily manipulated system.

And when there is an inappropriate PTSD diagnosis, a years-long diversion of disability dollars flows into an undeserving pocket. In this environment, who feels safe to openly discuss the process?

Don’t be too hasty to join the public bleating of those more interested in politically correctness than in a substantive, factual discussion without public fanfare and drama.

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