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Letter to the editor: Asking the PTSD question

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2013

Three hundred forty-nine U.S. troops killed themselves in 2012. TIME Magazine for Jan. 28 had an article about a former Army captain and psychologist on Jan. 2.

After five years in the Army and part of one tour in Iraq, the VA gave him 100 percent disability for post-traumatic stress. It seems like half the people that have been in the military are getting a taxpayer-funded PTSD disability check for life, while they can also have a full-time job and lifetime health care while too many people who are paying for this PTSD issue are having a hard time.

In Korea, from January to November 1952, I was a forward observer in front of the infantry, which gave me $50 a month extra for combat pay. And except for five days in Japan on R and R, we lived in trenches and bunkers much like World War I, eating cold C-rations and no water to wash.

I have never heard of any veteran from the Korean war getting a disability VA check for PTSD.

But I have always been crazy, and that must have kept me from going insane all these years and killing myself.

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