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Purple Heart for PTSD?


A military psychologist treating patients at Fort Bliss, Texas has suggested that awarding the Purple Heart to combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder might help remove the stigma that causes many soldiers to deny they are having problems and to avoid seeking treatment.

In a story in the Stars & Stripes, John E. Fortunato, chief of the Recovery and Resilience Center at Fort Bliss, described PTSD as a  “physical disorder, at least in part,” because it damages the brain, making it no different from shrapnel wounds.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who visited the center on Thursday, called Fortunato’s suggestion “an interesting idea,” adding that the issues is “clearly something that needs to be looked into,” according to the Stars & Stripes account.

This entry was posted on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at 7:16 pm by Rich Liebson. |
Category: post-traumatic stress disorder, ptsd, purple heart


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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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