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PTSD: Diagnosis shouldn’t derail soldier’s career

Letter by Karen Carlson, Tacoma on March 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm with No Comments »
March 26, 2012 2:48 pm

I was alarmed by Rep. Norm Dicks’ statement (TNT, 3-24) that Congress may have to step in to prevent those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from returning to combat zones.

I received a PTSD diagnosis as the result of a sexual assault in the military. I have been treated for the issue and have been found fit for duty. Dicks’ “helpfulness” would result in my being barred from combat duty, effectively causing me to lose my job for being raped. Is that really what they seek to do?

I can guarantee you that once word gets out that you are barred from the combat zone by a PTSD diagnosis, soldiers will avoid getting help like the plague for fear it will end their careers.

Congress should consider the unintended consequences before making such statements. I should not be fired for previously having a condition for which I was treated and cured, nor should I lose my job or security clearance for being raped.

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