Purple Hearts for PTSD?
Vets at odds with Pentagon
- Duration 4:08
- Date Jul 9, 2012
Vets at odds with Pentagon
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The purple heart is awarded to members of the US military who -- wounded or killed in battle.
What about the wounds that surfaced years later we're talking about posttraumatic stress syndrome should veteran suffering from PT SD.
Be awarded the purple heart as well former navy captain.
-- the Pentagon to start recognizing those invisible wounds -- -- you served in Vietnam and you have some of those invisible wounds correct.
Yes but I wanna make a quick correction I was not and captain I was playing captain playing captains inspect aircraft before flight so I wanted to clear that I let go ahead most of -- time.
-- cleared I.
They expect and appreciate that I guess -- I still suffer from symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.
The results have been having been involved in some incidents abort the flight deck of the aircraft carrier pack on the road -- And I carried those.
Wounds with me for a long time without even knowing that I suffered from post traumatic stress disorder I was fortunate.
That I was connected with clinical psychologist who's able to.
Identify the symptoms and syndrome and I was diagnosed with post dramatic stress disorder.
The problem that we're facing these gazans today we have hundreds of thousands.
Men and women currently serving.
Who may have posttraumatic stress disorder.
But can't come forward and one of the reasons why is a strong stigma against mental illness in the military and that's sort talking about you're right it.
-- I don't talk about coming -- that's one issue but you're talking about giving those men and women.
Who are serving sometimes over ten years multiple tours of duty and suffering from mental PT ST right now.
This award now let me -- -- with the Pentagon the criteria is the Pentagon says quote the purple heart recognizes those individuals.
Wounded to a degree there requires treatment by medical officer.
PT SD is not a -- intentionally caused by the enemy from an outside force or -- your response to that.
Well my response to that is that any criteria.
Can be changed to fit the needs.
Those soldiers who -- living -- participating in wartime activities.
And I think -- will that we all recognize that the wars we're fighting are far different and wars that we -- before.
Of injuries especially post dramatic stress disorder.
Those wounds -- identification.
Those problems is.
It's a more critical issue now than it has been before we know that these wounds exist.
The fact -- they don't surface.
Oftentimes for many years doesn't change the fact that it is a wound.
It's a psychological wound.
It occurs as a result of being involved in combat with an enemy that's trying to kill you -- possibly and probably has killed those around you.
Those wounds are inflicted on our -- and -- it on the psyche of these soldiers at the time.
And they carry the scars and those and those wounds along with them for the rest of their.
Lives I think -- when my own the factory were talking about this thing about how far we've come since the day of George Patton where -- If you had a soldier twice -- having -- mental breakdown in the middle of World War II when he slapped them.
Yeah -- and that's certainly you know we've we've made some progress in and I.
I know -- Middle -- Warren.
Active duty soldier he's helicopter pilot.
Who has told me personally need separate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder but can't come forward to -- services because if he does have be grounded.
His career will end -- this is very good -- point and I got to stop -- here but I really salute your service in your activity right now doing a lot of good especially for those.
Was serving continuously I'm very curious weigh in right now that's FOX & Friends twitter.com slash FOX & Friends do you believe Brian -- Would run saying as much as we salute those who served having metal problems right now to they deserve the purple heart Ron thanks for your perspective.