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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 !

Jack Cunningham
Jack Cunningham

Even the PTSD jokes are bad!

Jean Butler
Jean Butler

It is horrible how they are treated.

Barbara Beebe
Barbara Beebe

They serve our country 24/7 government has NO IDEA of what these soldiers, sailors, marines etc go through, they just sit at a comftydesk and vacations and good pay while our troops are in jungles, deserts / fighting all kinds of war under terrible conditions YES they should get help !

Steven Broiles
Steven Broiles

I hope ALL veterans get the benefits, health care and protections they have earned. But let's be candid: We're all going to have to fight like hell to get, and then keep them. With the way things are, everything is going to be an uphill battle

Karen Wendel
Karen Wendel

if your in fla watch out now they want your drivers license if you take meds to try to be "normal" whatever that is, i suffer for over 30 yrs and this is how they pay us back for sacrifice, loyalty, integrity, and honor, i know we grunts know about those qualities as well as our other brothers in arms yet our fellow countrymen in various organisations, and other public service related jobs, still have no clue as to the dibilitating nature and scope of this damned illness we all never asked...

if your in fla watch out now they want your drivers license if you take meds to try to be "normal" whatever that is, i suffer for over 30 yrs and this is how they pay us back for sacrifice, loyalty, integrity, and honor, i know we grunts know about those qualities as well as our other brothers in arms yet our fellow countrymen in various organisations, and other public service related jobs, still have no clue as to the dibilitating nature and scope of this damned illness we all never asked for, and only reap the stigma of having to deal everyday with a malady most Americans will never have, or deal with unless someone in your family has it!How sad we all belong in the land of misfit toys, after we are done serving !im on my wifes facebook page so its gonna say her name .

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.

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