COL Mikel J. Burroughs, as a diagnosed PTSD patient, my opinion is most likely biased on this topic. However, I do think at worst, these servicemembers should have received medical discharges vs the OTH or BCD many received. Sometimes the mental wounds can be more severe and longer lasting than the physical.
Typical governmental style bullshit. These decisions are made base on $$ and by non-combat morons. Governments sends us to fight and die and then throw us away. Congress has a platinum health plan yet they cannot manage to take care of the ones that protect them and allow them to have these benefits. Not one of my calm posts but there is something absolutely morally and ethically devoid in this. I am tired of the excuses on how the government can't afford to equip and take care of those they purposely put in harms way. How can they live with themselves with the blood of so many on their hands.
I believe that any individual that at one time showed stellar performance, begins displaying behavior that is drastically from their norm should have not be afraid of the stigmatization of initiating the first step - which is an evaluation, of how to deal with all of this. This unfortunately would require a huge cultural shift within the Military. Nobody wants that on their record, may interfere with promotions etc... just heartbreaking how this silence is taking its toll!
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