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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