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.
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.