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When he talked about Uncle Claude who was killed in Germany or Uncle Johnny

who received three bronze stars, they would say Johnny ain't got no problems. 

Uncle Johnny was an alcoholic all his life

 

 

Threats to Veteran Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A Message from Veteran Tiger Davis 

 

Dear Comrades-in-Arms:

The attached article appeared in the Washington Post this morning, December 27th, and each of you must read and digest this info.

During my tenure, setting up and operating vet centers, which were designed to address the problems of re-entry to civilian life for Vietnam veterans, I found many Korean and World War II veterans suffering from the residuals of their wars.  In fact, it was a long time before I could get my family to understand that my Uncle Paul, 24th Infantry in Korea, was suffering from PTSD among other things.  My family thought that if he would stop drinking, he would "get back to his senses."  In the late 1950s, we would find him crouched under the kitchen table with his hands over his head, covering up.

No one listened.  When he talked about Uncle Claude who was killed in Germany or Uncle Johnny who received three bronze stars, they would say Johnny ain't got no problems.  Uncle Johnny was an alcoholic all his life and stayed away from the family almost as if he was a recluse.  Uncle Charlie did the same.  He worked hard, drank hard, and acted as if there was no tomorrow.  Thus, I am well grounded in experiences from the previous wars and the affects upon our troops.

We must maintain vigilance and be prepared to engage to protect treatment and benefits for our younger combatants in our current expeditions.  My granddaughter left yesterday for Iraq.  Her father who spent 13 years in the Army got out after the Noreiga deal in Panama.  For the first time yesterday, I saw him cry.  His baby was going off to war.  Our children and grandchildren should enjoy our protection.  We must hang tough together and protect their interests. Tiger

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A Political Debate On Stress Disorder
As Claims Rise, VA Takes Stock

By Shankar Vedantam

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The spiraling cost of post-traumatic stress disorder among war veterans has triggered a politically charged debate and ignited fears that the government is trying to limit expensive benefits for emotionally scarred troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the past five years, the number of veterans receiving compensation for the disorder commonly called PTSD has grown nearly seven times as fast as the number receiving benefits for disabilities in general, according to a report this year by the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A total of 215,871 veterans received PTSD benefit payments last year at a cost of $4.3 billion, up from $1.7 billion in 1999 – a jump of more than 150 percent.

Experts say the sharp increase does not begin to factor in the potential impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, because the increase is largely the result of Vietnam War vets seeking treatment decades after their combat experiences. . . .

The growing national debate over the Iraq war has changed the nature of the discussion over PTSD, some participants said. "It has become a pro-war-versus-antiwar issue," said one VA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because politics is not supposed to enter the debate. "If we show that PTSD is prevalent and severe, that becomes one more little reason we should stop waging war. If, on the other hand, PTSD rates are low . . . that is convenient for the Bush administration." . .  . .

People with PTSD have paralyzing memories of traumatic episodes they experienced or witnessed, a range of emotional problems, and significant impairments in day-to-day functioning. Underlying the political and budget issues, many experts acknowledged, is a broader scientific debate over how best to diagnose trauma-related pathology, what the goal of treatment should be -- even what constitutes trauma. . . .

Most veterans whom Frueh treats for PTSD are seeking disability compensation, he said. Veterans Affairs uses a sliding scale; veterans who are granted 100 percent disability status receive payments starting at around $2,300 a month. The VA inspector general's report found that benefit payments varied widely in states and said that was because VA centers in some states are more likely to grant veterans 100 percent disability. . . .

Once veterans are declared disabled, they retain that status indefinitely, Frueh and Satel said. The system creates an adversarial relationship between doctors and patients, in which veterans sometimes take legal action if doctors decline to diagnose PTSD, Frueh said. The clinician added that some patients who really need help never get it because they are unwilling to undergo the lengthy process of qualifying for disability benefits, which often requires them to repeatedly revisit the painful episodes they experienced. . . .

[Larry] Scott said Veterans Affairs' objectives were made clear in the department's request to the Institute of Medicine for a $1.3 million study to review how PTSD is diagnosed and treated. Among other things, the department asked the institute -- a branch of the National Academies chartered by Congress to advise the government on science policy -- to review the American Psychiatric Association's criteria for diagnosing PTSD. Effectively, Scott said, Veterans Affairs was trying to get one scientific organization to second-guess another. . . .

"What they are trying to do is figure out a way not to diagnose vets with PTSD," said Steve Robinson, executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center, a veterans advocacy group

Source: The Washington Post © 2005

Clarence "Tiger" Davis is a member of the Maryland General Assembly.  He has been a State Delegate, (Democrat, District 45), representing East Baltimore for almost 20 years. 

posted 27 December 2005

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By Irshad Manji

In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to transcend the fears that stop so many of us from living with honest-to-God integrity: the fear of offending others in a multicultural world as well as the fear of questioning our own communities. Since publishing her international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She shows how any of us can reconcile faith with freedom and thus discover the Allah of liberty and love—the universal God that loves us enough to give us choices and the capacity to make them. Among the most visible Muslim reformers of our era, Manji draws on her experience in the trenches to share stories that are deeply poignant, frequently funny and always revealing about these morally confused times. What prevents young Muslims, even in the West, from expressing their need for religious reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims about openly supporting liberal voices within Islam?

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What Orwell Didn't Know

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Propaganda. Manipulation. Spin. Control. It has ever been thus—or has it? On the eve of the 60th anniversary of George Orwell's classic essay on propaganda (Politics and the English Language), writers have been invited to explore what Orwell didn't—or couldn't—know. Their responses, framed in pithy, focused essays, range far and wide: from the effect of television and computing, to the vast expansion of knowledge about how our brains respond to symbolic messages, to the merger of journalism and entertainment, to lessons learned during and after a half-century of totalitarianism. Together, they paint a portrait of a political culture in which propaganda and mind control are alive and well (albeit in forms and places that would have surprised Orwell). The pieces in this anthology sound alarm bells about the manipulation and misinformation in today's politics, and offer guideposts for a journalism attuned to Orwellian tendencies in the 21st century.

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The White Masters of the World

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