Wounded in battle, he was later shortchanged on his pay by the Pentagon. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe.
Read on to find out exactly how out of hand the fakery has gotten, and what we propose should be done about it. A few months ago, a woman sitting next to me on an airplane started a friendly conversation.
When she found out I was an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, she asked about something that was obviously bothering her. He was a medic, and he says the enemy was always trying to capture medics. He says his PTSD is from being scared of being captured.
We know that in the War on Terror only a small percentage of troops actually faced an enemy, and many of those relished the experience. We have the nagging feeling most PTSD claims are more about free money than healing and recovery.
Some of us have become so skeptical, we automatically throw a mental BS flag when we hear someone talk about having PTSD. If our suspicions were confirmed, that would be pretty depressing.
Know what would be even more depressing? Being told by two VA psychologists that the system is even more corrupt and full of liars, scammers, and thieves than we thought. A VA psychologist read the article and contacted me.
John has treated over veterans for PTSD. For example, they cheerfully recount events they claim traumatized them at the time and emotionally cripple them now. In one of the most ridiculous contradictions, John observed: We pay people to be sick and to stay sick.
In normal life, we recover from those things. However, the attack they claimed to have witnessed happened years after their war and discharge and involved a different service.
He stopped talking, glared at me, grabbed his DD and walked out. Frueh was a VA psychologist for fifteen years, from to Eventually, after fifteen years of trying to fix the problems and running into a brick wall, I left the VA. Nobody is willing to stand up to the uproar that would come from both political parties, and from VSOs if we acknowledged what everyone already knows: From clinical studies outside the VA, we know those programs actually are effective.
Frueh discussed that problem in a Psychology Today article:Aug 03, · As disability awards for PTSD have grown nearly fivefold over the last 13 years, so have concerns that many veterans might be exaggerating or lying to win benefits.
"It was really hard not to reach for that gun and load it." Often when you think of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, you may think of soldiers.
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