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Published: Tuesday, July 3 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

PTSD is just the modern term for what used to be called "Shell-Shock" to previous generations.

Yes PTSD is real.
Yes it's ironic that those who fought for freedom are imprisoned by the nightmares for it?

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Independence Day

The fourth of July recognizes the day our great nation gained its freedom because of the courageous men and women who fought so hard for it. Family and friends will honor this day by hanging our nation's flag, singing patriotic songs, and celebrating at barbeques, the local fireworks show and waiving sparklers in the air.

However, I urge you to also take a moment to thank our veterans for continuing the fight throughout the years in preserving our rights not only as citizens, but as a nation. There are a number of changes we need to make in order to honor our veterans and improve their quality of life.

Please, enjoy your family barbeques and neighborhood fireworks this July Fourth, but also take time to thank our veterans.

Happy 4th of July.


DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

For those vets suffering from the very real problem of PTSD, my thanks for your service and best wishes for overcoming this affliction you incurred defending our freedom.

However deserving and sympathetic these vets are, there seems to be a concerted effort by the news media to hype PTSD and to convince the public that every vet is a shell shocked monsters, just waiting for something to trigger violent criminal acts. That is decidedly untrue and inappropriate, but it it fits the left's anti-military bias, and agenda.

So, to all vets, "THANK YOU!" and to the vast majority who do not suffer PTSD, please don't let the biased media's smear campaign get you down. And, for prospective employers or schools, please give our vets a chance. They have valuable job skills, and the ability to get a mission done under difficult circumstances. And, they are reliable, disciplined and responsible. In other words, great employees in most cases.

Oh My Heck!
Vernal, UT

My son is home on his R&R leave from Afghanistan, and he has expressed some concern about the fireworks that have been going off in our neighborhood (even though they have been banned except for certain areas, due to the high fire danger). They make him jump every time he hears one. I'm sure it will be worse on the 4th at the fireworks display, but I think he's preparing himself for it.

We took him, his wife and kids to a museum a few days ago, and discovered that he has great difficulty when there are crowds of people around. He finally had to go sit on a window sill so that no one could get behind him, until the crowd thinned out. This was a reaction neither he or we had expected.

Be considerate of everyone when doing fireworks. Not everyone enjoys the noise. Our poor dogs have a terrible time, and one of them jumps over the fence if she's not on a chain and tries to run away from the sound.

Thanks to my son, to my older son who was in Iraq in 2003, and to all Vets everywhere!

Taylorsville, UT

All wars have created veterans suffering shell shock and fear but none has been so devastating for the veterans tagged as mentally disfigured by the term PTSD.

I think PTSD should not be applied to vets in the same manner as they classify children or people suffering non combat job disorders.

Soldiers are not suffering the same conditions of PTSD as non combat civilians who worry about paying their bills or losing their jobs. Soldiers do not have mental disability's, they have been targets of war and bombs creating a different set of conditions that should not be lumped with workers fears of getting fired from a job.

This PTSD tag is a life altering accusation creating a element of distrust and job performance mental disability. Soldiers are denied jobs because of the stigma of PTSD that is recognized mentally unstable individual that supervisors consider as a detrimental risk to other employees who may go postal in the work environment.

PTSD is an unjustified diagnosis tagging our veterans of war preventing them from re-assimilating back in to their families and homes and country.

We owe these and all vets our lives, not our misplaced sympathy.

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