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  •  As a veteran who is on Disability (9+ / 0-)

    I have a connection to this issue.  On some level, I understand the hesitancy of employers, yet I also do not feel comfortable with any kind of discrimination (veiled or open) as I have seen so much of that in my life.  When I was looking for an apartment with my first male partner in Tampa, in 1979, I was told by a couple of leasing agents that they did not rent 1 bedroom apartments to two males.  As a veteran and a gay man, I was astonished when that happened.  Even now, discrimination is an ugly and vile action in my view and I do not tolerate it - any kind.

    Yet, as a person diagnosed with PTSD and receiving VA disability because of that, I can see why employers and others might be wary.  I have had men tell me that even VA medical staff treat them differently when their PTSD is made known (some say it is red flagged on all of our records).  It is a complicated issue.  I wish our culture would be more diverse and have more kindness toward the other.

    •  Remember to be especially kind to those Fellow (6+ / 0-)

      Americans who breeze off a "Thank you for your service" and turn back to their iCrap. And these folks swallow the shit generated by the Cheneys and Rummies and Wolfowitzes and the rest, fill their closets with Fears of A-rabs and Al Quaidas, and blindly keep sending more of their family members and friends into one futile idiocy after another. Because, "security!" "National interest!"

      Good clean fun, right?

      I'm lucky, I got Medicare so I can finally, 45 years later, I can get a little consistent, competent, regular counseling from somebody who's not overworked or also burned out or disinterested or protecting the VA from any claims.

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 05:33:22 PM PST

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      •  I took advice from another veteran (3+ / 0-)
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        Vetwife, jm214, glorificus

        who advised me to opt out of Medicare as the VA provides all of my medical treatment/care.  Well, before I became seriously ill, that seemed to be ok.  But now that I am facing serious heart disease, major pain from degenerative issues (the VA Pain Management Program is really a drug screening program - not even allowed Hydrocodone), and now that I was hospitalized two days in my local VA Hospital, I am astonished at the poor level of care & the lack of respect and dignity toward patients by staff.  I understand that if I were to try to now enroll in Medicare I would be greatly penalized in terms of my monthly payment.  The jokes on Americans seem to never end.  Our culture is really fucked up.

    •  PTSD does not result in a medical record flag (1+ / 0-)
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      tommyfocus2003

      I work with behavioral flag issues at my job. A flag is only given in response to aggressive or inappropriate behaviors not for a diagnosis.

      If the symptoms associated with the diagnosis are associated with the aggression than the dx is referenced but a flag is never assigned solely as the result of a dx.

      •  Thank you for explaining that (1+ / 0-)
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        Vetwife

        I am among the most gentle people on the planet - not aggressive in any way.  My diagnosis resulted from abuse & I worked my entire civilian career in Child Protective Investigations - saw enough aggression and suffering in my career - that, now over sixty, I still wake up sometimes at night seeing it.

        Peace

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