I am the wife of a 100% disabled combat veteran. My husband returned from Iraq in 2004 and was diagnosed with PTSD and a TBI. He also suffers from bi-polar mood disorder that has been severely aggravated by his PTSD. He has been receiving treatment from the VA for almost 10 years, and in my opinion, there is a lot to be desired as far as care goes from the VA.
My husband dreads going to the VA the majority of the time, partly because of the doctors, and partly because of the general staff. The receptionists, whose sole job is to be helpful, are the complete opposite. About 99% of the ones we come in contact with are miserable, snotty, and act like everyone who comes to their window is an inconvenience. They have some of the worst attitudes I have ever seen. For people who work with veterans, you would think they would have more compassion and sympathy for the men and women they come in contact with on a daily basis. No veteran wants to go somewhere they feel they are viewed as an "inconvenience." A lot of these men and women already suffer from anxiety, and this kind of treatment certainly doesn't ease their minds or make them feel comfortable or welcome. Many of the doctors care more about getting people out the door than actually helping them. It's really sad. These people signed their life away for this country, and when they make it back home, THIS is your idea of providing them with "excellent care?" If this is the definition of excellence, I would hate to see what you consider "poor."
One good thing I will say is that my husband has a pretty good psychologist. He actually listens to my husband and works with him. He is actually treating his PTSD with counseling, not meds, which is amazing to me. Most doctors try and solve PTSD with drugs, which is the wrong way to go about things. If you want someone to heal, you actually have to help them HEAL, not fill them full of drugs and numb them out to the world.
I think everyone needs to care more about the men and women who ready to die for this country. They don't deserve to be treated like lesser human beings or to receive improper care. They deserve to be treated with compassion and understanding, and most importantly, RESPECT.
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