Vietnam Veterans Sue Military Over PTSD | Veteran | Vietnam Veteran

Placido Salazar psalazar9@satx.rr.

Most people do not realize that U.S. Coast Guard Veterans, especially WWII Coasties were the ones who piloted Landing Craft to the beaches during the Normandy Invasion, also suffer with PTSD. Hundreds of the troops they were ferrying onto the beaches, got cut down by machine-gun fire. These Coasties then had to lift the dead or wounded back on their landing craft – and tend to the wounded. In addition to all of these, they were also exposed to enemy gunfire from the German bunkers on the beach. The thing about it, is that he did not realize or consider that his deeds were the possible cause of his PTSD all these years of living hell, until I dug it from him through many conversations.. He did not feel that he was worthy of being recognized for his Patriotism. While they were sailing close to shore, they got word that a German sub was under them. A larger ship was called in to drop explosive charges, which disabled the sub, forcing it to surface, so John’s crew apprehended the sub’s crew. It’s a long story, but suffice to say that I helped such a WWII Coastie with his claim and I am very glad that he got 100% service-connected in approximately four months, which is hard to believe, in itself. Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran
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Deployment Health News 4 March 2014
Vietnam Veterans Sue Military Over PTSD, 3 March 2014 “The U.S. military has failed to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting in stigma and loss of benefits, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Five Vietnam veterans and three veterans organizations are suing the Army, the Navy and the Air Force in Connecticut. The veterans say they suffered PTSD before it was recognized and were discharged under other-than-honorable conditions that made them ineligible for benefits. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status to represent tens of thousands of veterans, says the military has systematically denied applications for upgrades involving evidence of PTSD. ‘Unfortunately, the Pentagon has refused to correct the decades of injustice experienced by tens of thousands of veterans who suffer from PTSD but were discharged before it was a diagnosable condition,’ V Prentice, a law student intern in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School, which represents the plaintiffs, said in a news release. ‘This action seeks to compel appropriate action by the military and to finally secure justice for these veterans.’” Paul Sutton "Dominus Fortissima Turris" The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.
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