An internal e-mail written by a Veterans Affairs Department employee suggested avoiding a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans and instead considering a diagnosis that might result in a lower disability payment.
A copy of the e-mail was distributed Thursday by the groups Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a congressional watchdog group, and VoteVets.org. The e-mail dated March 20 had been forwarded to VoteVets.org, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans lobbying group opposed to the Bush administration's handling of the war and veterans issues.
"Given that we are having more and more compensation seeking veterans, I'd like to suggest that we refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out. Consider a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder, R/O PTSD," the e-mail said.
It also said, "Additionally, we really don't or have time to do the extensive testing that should be done to determine PTSD."...read on
Sure, just send them out to war where they get killed, maimed or PTSD and then screw them over. Sorry Charlie, it's just a little dizziness caused by the damp weather. Come and see me in ninety days. That's supporting the troops. At least Bush gave up his golf game to make up for your discomfort.
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