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PTSD: VA Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics

Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician Pharmacologist and Toxicologist. After surviving WWII, he went on to treat veterans for years who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I’m getting so I’m not surprised at anything adverse about the VA, The Army, George Bush.

A recent email from Paul Sullivan Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense brought the following information:

(1) Bush sent 1.7 million to Iraq, etc

(2) 860,000 are eligible for VA assistance

(3) 347, 750 have been diagnosed and treated

(4) 147,744 diagnosed with mental problems

(5) 75,719 diagnosed with PTSD

I stand corrected. It is much worse than I ever imagined.



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charlton lane June 7, 2009 9:11 am (Pacific time)

There are many veterans out here that are really scared and are afriad to tell anyone about there problem I was told where if first got out that I would never be able to work for anyone I got scared and stop going to the va I just started going back no one has brought that back up I have come to reallies that i do have a problem and i am really trying to get help its taken me years to really this people always told me this

SSgt Joe Starbuck, USMC (Ret), Vietn December 19, 2008 7:12 pm (Pacific time)

A vet rep submitted a claim for PTSD treatment during my retirement physical. The CandP evaluator assessed "mild to moderate PTSD with secondary depersonalization disorder. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome? Out of body experience? I resubmitted after being diagnosed with full blown PTSD last year. It took 1 1/2 years for the VA to decide only 50%. Bottom line, the VA is the largest bureaucracy in government, and anxiety disorders do not have a unanimous view of PTSD; hence, the VA can spin any symptom and get away with it. This is called fraud - legal fraud. Got exhausted fighting and gave my case to an attorney. Suggest you head straight to attorneys to process your claim, to prevent the VA from spinning diagnosis and dodging bullets of constitutional responsibilities. Never try claims alone or even with National Service Officers. They are overwhelmed, too! Praying for you, and submitted draft legislation to my Senator to PREVENT PTSD before that 30-60 day window closes, rendering a permanent condition. Semper Fi, Joe

Richard M. Pinkerton October 7, 2008 11:48 am (Pacific time)

17 years ago I suffered Traumatic Brain Injury. Due to the VA's "Deny till they die" agenda, I now have a growth that is, well, killing me. Thanks VA administrators, way to go!

just another simple marine October 7, 2008 11:37 am (Pacific time)

first coming home was the hardest.being called names,even things that date back to the vietnam war,such as baby killer,etc,only added to the fire.the suicidal thoughts,the flash backs,the night terrors,where is the help?"ok take a pill,or do these mental exercises,then get outta my office".this isnt the type of help we all need.this is getting us nowhere.all gave some,some gave all remember?well that goes for the iraq war on terror also.we gave our best,so where are we now?on the streets asking for change.

Rick B. October 1, 2008 7:48 am (Pacific time)

After the Vietnam war I was told my flash backs and nightmares would go away after a few years. They didn't! At age 55 I was sent to the Va again by my family Phys. This time I was diag. with PTSD and got some benefits...All those wasted and troubleson years...

A Veterans Wife September 30, 2008 2:19 pm (Pacific time)

I know from experience that there are vets who seek help for PTSD and combat related injuries, but receive no help. What is wrong with our military when a veteran asks for help but is forgotten about? They suffer...and we get to watch...and we suffer too.

Joedog September 26, 2008 9:30 am (Pacific time)

Thanks Doc for remembering were here. Suffering with our familys. WE all need help.

Joe S.B. September 24, 2008 1:16 am (Pacific time)

Dr levequee, its worse than anybody talks about. if it weren't for walter reed, the general public wouldn't even know there were injured vets. its not on tv news like the war too, not on their minds. We're all coming home eventually and knowing the care isn't good, it needs to change. Love your veterans, they are doing the best they can to serve our country.

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