Tuesday, March 04, 2014

PTSD Before It Had a Name:

And long after it did, until these two recent still unpaid wars of choice ignored by those served, ignore, along with plenty of other issues, no need to pay for care and more,a number of people were making comfortable livings writing and speaking, as so called experts, that it didn't exist, even in the civilian population! Plenty of brothers and sisters have long ago passed on as a result of as well as the many other issues!

Vietnam Vets Sue U.S. Military
March 4th 2014 - Five Vietnam veterans who claim they became afflicted with combat-related anxiety –- decades before PTSD became a common term –- assert in a new, class-action lawsuit that the Pentagon should upgrade the less-than-honorable discharges they and “tens of thousands” of other troops received during that era.

Since 1980, the U.S. military has steadily gained a better grasp of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But the Defense Department has refused to apply that same medical standard when reviewing the cases of Vietnam veterans who show PTSD symptoms caused by their military service, the lawsuit filed Monday in Connecticut alleges.

“I know there are a lot of us,” said plaintiff James Cottam, 63. He served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970, later experiencing night sweats, nightmares and anger issues. When he left the U.S. Army in 1974, he received an undesirable discharge, causing him to lose his rank of sergeant.

His doctor eventually diagnosed Cottam with PTSD, he said.

"Give me back what I worked for,” Cottam said in a phone interview. He now lives in Southern California. read more>>>

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