Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Recognizing the obvious
…HA often wonders when this country is going to grow up and get some smarts. Not all that nuanced nonsense, but real commonsense smarts.
…Yochi J Dreazen, writing in the WSJ, May 13, 2008, reports that the military is thinking of giving purple hearts for post-traumatic stress—a wound you cannot see on the outside.
…Reportedly Secy Robert Gates is sort of for this, saying it needs to be looked at (that’s for, right, since it’s not against?).
…There is no formal proposal at the moment, though.
…They just said enough to set off the blogs.
…Awarding the Purple Heart to those with PTSD would take away some of the stigma of the disorder, proponents say.
…Men with PTSD, said one man who works with these patients, paid as high a price as someone with a brain injury or shrapnel wound.
…Purple hearts are to be awarded for a wound received “in action with an enemy.” Mental wounds can be faked, opponents say.
….Mental problems have been associated with war since the beginning of history. Shellshock, the thousand yard stare. Three hundred thousand Iraq and Afghanistan vets have been diagnosed. Similar numbers suffered from it in Vietnam.
…Maybe this recognition would help remove the stigma somewhat. Then we can get going on getting the VA up to speed on support groups and treatment.
…A lot of soldiers and their families are suffering because the servicemember cannot hold a job, support a family, sleep, stop drinking or taking drugs, or even drive down a busy street.
…This is pain, people.
...All of this.