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Family & Friends of American PTSD Veterans
"A nation-wide collective
of individuals and families
dedicated to quality
treatment for all Veterans
and their families"

Medical Issues For PTSD Veterans And Their Families

PTSD Veterans, Family & Friends of America
Why should you care about the health care needs of veterans and their families? If a country does not take care of it's warriors in their time of need, then who will defend our country when it is threatened.

Many veterans and their families suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A condition where persistent symptoms negatively impact their daily lives. Adequate care is not available around the country for either in-patient or out-patient treatment. Few supportive services if any are available for family members.




"Every Penny Of The Cost Of Care And Treatment
That The War Veteran's Should Receive, Has Been Pre-Paid,
In Advance, With Their Lives And Their Blood."
F.L. Gren

The 8th Field Hospital, Nha Trang
South Vietnam, June 1969


Family support is a key factor in the veteran's case with the VA. Spouses and other significant people in the veteran's life can provide vital input to the Veteran's Administration on a disability claim. Don't doubt that you have something meaningful to share. Don't give up!!!

PTSD 101

For support please visit... PTSD 101. Join the forum and find new friends and maybe some old ones...post your questions there, and if you have any advice to share, please stop by.
  Mental Health Care Goals...
  • Increase the number of and length of treatment available for in-patient PTSD facilities.
  • Increase the availability of out-patient PTSD treatment centers; in VA facilities and Vet Centers.
  • Provide out-patient treatment services for families of veterans throughout the country; spouse and children alike.
  • Provide competent and meaningful support services to families in crisis and for on-going treatment for these families.
 
Filing for Disability: Stress for PTSD Sufferers
  • Many veterans have filed for disability for their PTSD only to be harmed by the process.
  • We hope to reduce the stress for individuals who are disabled and entitled to care from the government they served.
  • For the government to continue this harassment is harmful and unconscionable.
  • Members on the steering committee and individuals on the PTSD 101 forum are available to give you advice.
  Steering Committee...



If you have stories (success or horror), helpful ideas or tips pertaining to disability claims with the VA,
please e-mail us with them and we will gladly post them. Please let us know if you would like your email
address included with the post so that people may contact you.
The following articles have been submitted...


I am a 100% Service Connected Vietnam veteran diagnosed with PTSD. I also have a couple other Service Connected conditions as well. I have been suffering with PTSD since 1968 when I left Vietnam.

In 1970, when I left Service, I became an Accredited Representative to the VA through the VFW. In that position I representated veterans in their claims with the VA. That representation required that I read and understand U.S. Law (Title 38 U.S.C.A.), VA regulations (38C.F.R.) and the various Adjudication Manuals. I stayed in that position for three years before my PTSD caused me to leave there as it did on so many other jobs. That probably sounds SO familiar with those with PTSD. I was also working as a police officer and yep, PTSD again ended that job so I went back to College.

I had already received an AAS in Police Science so I worked for my BS in Criminal Justice. During the time I was persuing my BS I was also enrolled in ROTC (trying to find a place where I felt "at home" I guess). Got my degree and my commission. 2lt Beattie entered active duty at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School. After a lot of different jobs, I left active duty as a Cpt. and returned to school, this time for a Masters degree. I was also in the Army Reserves. I got my degree and started on my Ph.D. I was half way through when I finally decided not to finish at that time. I left the Reserves and got fired by Radio Shack at the same time so I was unemployed.

That was in 1990 and the Gulf War was just starting. I sat and watched every event. One struck me particularly hard. Flashbacks started coming hot and heavy and depression followed with both feet. Hospitialization at the VA followed, but it didn't help. The contact with other Vietnam veterans did, however. That's when I discovered that I had PTSD. From fellow Veterans.

Hospitalization later at a private hospital brought me to an MD that recognized what the VA didn't and began my treatment. Success at last.

My background as a Representative directed my actions with the VA. It was a long road. The VA fought me all the way, but I was finally adjudicated 100%. Social Security was remarkably easy. Although I was advised by others that Social Security denies EVERYONE the first time, I was able to start receiving benefits within about 6 weeks. The secret is providing information needed in the form needed before they ask for it.

...Jim







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