‘US army bans PSTD diagnosis over costs’

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Wed, 08 Apr 2009 18:13:46 GMT

The US Army has reportedly pressured its medical staff not to diagnose combat veterans, who had fought in Iraq, with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The shocking news was revealed after an Iraq veteran recorded an Army psychologist at Fort Carson, Colorado, during a medical appointment.

A Combat veteran, who has been seeking treatment at Fort Carson for a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, had put a recording device into his pocket and set it on voice-activation in order to capture what the doctor tells him because of his war-damaged memory, Salon magazine reported Wednesday.

His recording, however, unlocked a dark secret and documented the fact that the US military does not want Iraq veterans to be diagnosed with PTSD– something that wounded soldiers and their advocates have long suspected.


via ‘US army bans PSTD diagnosis over costs’


“I am under a lot of pressure to not diagnose PTSD” | Salon News h/t: CLG

Listen to a segment of the recording of an Army psychologist at Fort Carson, Colo., saying that he was under pressure not to diagnose combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.


5 thoughts on “‘US army bans PSTD diagnosis over costs’

  1. WTF. This is criminal. A broken contract with deliberate malfeasance.

    This had taken place since criminals were allow to take over the US government in 2000.

    There is a certain justice to it: taking an unthinking US citizen and using him to give a dose of “democracy” to another country can’t get his illness treated.

    I don’t imagine the Iraqis who’ve suffered the most get diagnosed with PTSD.

    • You are correct, this is another reason NOT to enlist. The govt/military uses the soldiers as guinea pigs, and to promote their agenda, certainly these foreign wars are not for the US’ national security/defense.

  2. That’s very unfortunate. Part of the problem I think is that not enough money is allocated for veteran’s health .. we need to allocate more and remove this incentive to under-diagnose. It’s expensive and the economy is in rough shape, but the veterans deserve it.

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