Nelson Nolasco
Nelson Nolasco

I served my country for 24 years the VA in newark takes very good care of me the army saved my life when they had to do open heart surgery on me now I'm home the people of newark treat me like a hero to me I'm just an ordinary guy who served his country but I'm grateful.

Heriberto Maldonado
Heriberto Maldonado
  • Nelson Nolasco

Where did you go? Haven't seen you in years, let alone on deployment.

Nick Colletti
Nick Colletti
  • Nelson Nolasco

Thank you for your service brother!

Heriberto Maldonado
Heriberto Maldonado
  • Nelson Nolasco

Munoz Junior is the man!

Heriberto Maldonado
Heriberto Maldonado
  • Nelson Nolasco

Ernie Ran is too!

Judy Pelfrey Smith
Judy Pelfrey Smith
  • Nelson Nolasco

My son has PTSD along with a banged up shoulder and knee. It has taken about 3-4 years and some pretty bad treatment but he is finally getting the help he needs. Sometimes (unless time runs out on them) you just have to keep telling them something is terribly wrong. Mountain Home at Johnson City, TN has no doubt saved and changed my son's life. He got lucky. It is good to have him back.

John W. Tobin
John W. Tobin

I spent 15 months in Nam. My one year tour plus 94 days. I just can not imagine what it would be like to be sent to war for a time, come home, then be sent back. And to have to do that two, three, four times. For the past 20 years this generation has been subjected to this torture. Is it any wonder that so many of our fine young people are having all these troubles? For two decades this government has been doing this. It has to stop!

William Schirrmacher
William Schirrmacher

A major part of the problem is the people that evaluate the vet to determine if he has a PTSD disability. Many have no military experience at all and can not seem to understand that in a combat area no one cared what type of military training you had. You are a combat soldier FIRST. You will be assigned to where you are needed, infantry, cavalry, armor, mine clearing, night patrol or any number of positions. For them if your military occupational specialty (MOS) is not directly related to...

A major part of the problem is the people that evaluate the vet to determine if he has a PTSD disability. Many have no military experience at all and can not seem to understand that in a combat area no one cared what type of military training you had. You are a combat soldier FIRST. You will be assigned to where you are needed, infantry, cavalry, armor, mine clearing, night patrol or any number of positions. For them if your military occupational specialty (MOS) is not directly related to combat there is no way that you can get PTSD. They can and will over ride the evaluations of two psychiatrists, two psychologists, a certified social worker and a whole PTSD intervention team. Basically calling them all incompetent fools and deny a vet his care and compensation. It happens all to often, then they wonder why so many of us have turned to drugs and alcohol to relieve the pain, guilt and nightmares. Why so many relationships have fallen apart and suicide is so high for veterans. HELP !

Chuck Pew
Chuck Pew

We protect everyone else in this country but generaly pass a blind eye to those who stood up to defend it, and do as they were asked. Unless they do something and it gets ratings for the media whores.

Brenda Christina
Brenda Christina
  • Chuck Pew

My niece's boyfriend (father of her 1 1/2 yr. old son) committed suicide last week due to PTSD/Depression. He was a Marine who served in Iraq & Afghanistan. I think with all of the tours these guys have to do that there should be treatment just like for any illness and without fear of harrassment or discrimination.

Jeanette Ambrose
Jeanette Ambrose
  • Chuck Pew

Brenda Christina ,I am so so sorry..no words adequate...

Katerina Wendel
Katerina Wendel

My father is a victim of this horrible disease from his time in serving our country and hasnt been able to get any type of help from this goverment at all . Its so sickening its not even funny .

Jennifer Pfeifer
Jennifer Pfeifer
  • Katerina Wendel

they are trying to create a condition that requires them to take more control, more of our freedom..before clinton took away so many benefits from the Vets I know because I was in the service when it took place..but I used to be able to go to any local doctor..taking the load off the VA hospital...now that was in 1993 and so from 3 cents of every dollar, it went to I believe 1 and a half cents for military, they eliminated that I could see any doctor and was forced to drive 50 miles to the...

they are trying to create a condition that requires them to take more control, more of our freedom..before clinton took away so many benefits from the Vets I know because I was in the service when it took place..but I used to be able to go to any local doctor..taking the load off the VA hospital...now that was in 1993 and so from 3 cents of every dollar, it went to I believe 1 and a half cents for military, they eliminated that I could see any doctor and was forced to drive 50 miles to the local VA hospital...and so they would pay me for the gas, but the time and stress was just an addition. needless to say look at what happen to Walter Reed that was by design, with a lack of funds and over abundance of patience, the quality went down. then they could make us look incompetent...made me sick...

'Louise Watts
'Louise Watts
  • Katerina Wendel

My husband has had PTSD since Nam and it took until 1995 for him to get help and for them to admit that he had it. Tell your father not to give up keep fighting. For a long time we didn't even know what was wrong with my husband until we ran across someone else with it and the symptoms were the same. Don't sleep, can't keep a job, can't have anyone behind you, constant virulent as to surroundings, get angry, hold grudges, can't be in crowds, and so much more just can't deal with life period....

My husband has had PTSD since Nam and it took until 1995 for him to get help and for them to admit that he had it. Tell your father not to give up keep fighting. For a long time we didn't even know what was wrong with my husband until we ran across someone else with it and the symptoms were the same. Don't sleep, can't keep a job, can't have anyone behind you, constant virulent as to surroundings, get angry, hold grudges, can't be in crowds, and so much more just can't deal with life period. They are extremely lucky if they can keep a marriage together and not alienate their families. Many become alcoholics or drug users.

Virginia Lazo
Virginia Lazo
  • Katerina Wendel

Where is the ACLU on these. I say instead of giving the money or F-16 to the moslem brother hood. give that money to all the PTSD patient.

Joseph D Sanzo
Joseph D Sanzo

I am a Vietnam Vet too & I believe all veterans at war or not just to be in the service of our Government should get all benefits weather in war or not, And I don't want to hear that they had there choice, B/S once in they have no choice you got it. Don't ever say that to me ever. I had a heart transplant Jan 24 ,2011 & my cough finally stopped. I had the cough since leaving Vietnam & the VA say no to me I'll wipe them off the Face of this earth,so don't tell me what's right or what's wrong....

I am a Vietnam Vet too & I believe all veterans at war or not just to be in the service of our Government should get all benefits weather in war or not, And I don't want to hear that they had there choice, B/S once in they have no choice you got it. Don't ever say that to me ever. I had a heart transplant Jan 24 ,2011 & my cough finally stopped. I had the cough since leaving Vietnam & the VA say no to me I'll wipe them off the Face of this earth,so don't tell me what's right or what's wrong. The VA & Government Owes me my Life PERIOD. And don't tell me to shut up neither. Yes I am a Pissed Off Vet. Period. JDS III

Brenda Light
Brenda Light

people who do not know about PTSD say " well where are your hurt" well my mind I say. Took a piece of my soul and have a lonely feeling at times even with people around.

Richard Wayne Turner
Richard Wayne Turner

Veterans gave to their country time their country starts a showing some respect

Judith Edwards
Judith Edwards

I have 2 sons who served double the amount of time they signed up for. They love their country and would gladly die defending it. They both have had so much stuff happen and they aren't even remotely what I can say is being treated fairly. I am a nurse by profession and can't believe the way PTSD has changed them. I think the thing I am most ashamed of is the way even the government has treated them. Nightmares, smells of blood and all the hoorible things that have shown up out of nowhere, I...

I have 2 sons who served double the amount of time they signed up for. They love their country and would gladly die defending it. They both have had so much stuff happen and they aren't even remotely what I can say is being treated fairly. I am a nurse by profession and can't believe the way PTSD has changed them. I think the thing I am most ashamed of is the way even the government has treated them. Nightmares, smells of blood and all the hoorible things that have shown up out of nowhere, I remember Viet Nam and what it did to my husband. I wish those who don't get it had to spend even a week living it, they sure would get a taste of their reality.

Connie Kelley
Connie Kelley

They take care of us, they protect us, they fight for us and they die for us. When they come home, is it too much to ask for us to take care of them?

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