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    Hell my name is Jacinto Salinas and I am a vietnam veteran 1967-1969 I just want everyone to know that if you guys applied for benefits dont lose hope I just got my letter today I was rated 100% for ptsd the fight only took me 2 years, Hoping that you guys run into the same luck. Also wanted to mention that when I was in vietnam I wrote a song and if anyone cares to hear it you guys are welcome to it, go to you tube and type in Jacinto Salinas and then vietnam it will pop up, thanks and good luck to all of you guys out there.

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    Thanks Jacinto and congrats on getting your due for your service to your country...

    Its great encouragement to so many Vets out there whom are now home in a slumped economy with little prospects and self medicating so they can just sleep without the nightmares!!. I +2 to your encourage for those whom need help to get it and get the financial support for their psychological injuries which if untreated can have life threatening consequences. Its not right that a soldier comes home from war and loose another 10 years in PTSD induced hell with no means to get help or relief other then from the bottle or syringe.. Whats more, medicine has evolved and is definitely more effective.. Yep, its about time too!!..

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    Congratulations on getting that which was owed to you by a grateful nation. I feel blessed that I don't even have a hint of PTSD after 27 years & many wars in the Military.

    Thanks for your service!
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    Good to hear Top!!.. You are lucky... so many guys have it.... it truly is incredible!!..
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    Rectitude (義): Courage (勇氣): Benevolence (仁): Respect (禮 ): Honesty (誠): Honour (名誉): Loyalty (忠義)

    ...ergo veneratio est vires.

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    Sadly, many feign it; hence the tough controls at the VA. Please, do not fake PTSD if you do not have it.
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    It's now been determined that those Vets with PTSD are being denied their 2nd Amendment rights & are being banned from owning weapons & getting concealed carry permits. With the hue & cry going up I don't know how long this will be in effect.

    Shortly after my brother-in-law & I came home we went hunting. We both took extra great care going through the woods. He was plain scared where I was just careful & quiet because of the training I had. We filled our bags because of that but he really had a tough time of it & the nightmares started up for him for a few days. I would think he would have been a prime candidate for a disability. Now he limits his hunting to cornfields & open areas.
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    @Chief, fully agree!!.. If you dont have PTSD... DO NOT FAKE IT EVER!!!.. It maddens me to see free loaders trying to make money of the misery of others!!

    @Top, you tell a familiar story... Research since 'Nam has shown that two things are major factors in the development and management of PTSD.. Firstly is training.. Tier 1 war-fighters such as yourself had/have access to superior training and were better drilled for the hardships of direct combat then lower level of training of your regular counterparts in the regular units of the military. Secondly, its shown that personality make up has a huge effect on PTSD and its effects. The research was done on a unit of Marines that had near tier 1 war-fighting combat experience in their Afghan deployment with near daily engagements which revealed two outcomes.. Everybody suffered from combat stress and fatigue... but some personalities had the ability to de-stress quickly washing off the experience if you will where others didn't and became relatively moody towards the end of the deployment.. the ones whom could wash it off did not develop PTSD where those whom couldn't developed it in varying degrees... Good news is that the former were in big numbers in the study so its not a rare thing at all.. The medics and scientists are still crunching the neuroscience around it all as the actual process is not fully understood... As for your brother in law.. it sounds like he needs help.. remember there were WW2 vets whom developed PTSD in the 1990s... The mind is a vast expanse especially in the sub conscious and needs to be treated as soon as it is known to be ailing...
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    Rectitude (義): Courage (勇氣): Benevolence (仁): Respect (禮 ): Honesty (誠): Honour (名誉): Loyalty (忠義)

    ...ergo veneratio est vires.

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    That's an interesting study, Exo. Something that anyone in any elite unit could have told them, lol. My son & his Ranger unit had shrinks hounding them constantly when they came back from deployment asking them if they had nightmares, etc. What shut them up was when they said they loved it & couldn't wait to go back for more, lol. I can empathize with that culture. My son was asked the same thing on his way out of the Regular Army. He told them basically the same thing - "I miss the hell out of it. I feel that with my training I can still kill a lot of the enemy". They had PTSD papers already for him & he could have collected a nice disability check every month. Shrink told him he wouldn't be needing it after he was able to close his mouth, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    That's an interesting study, Exo. Something that anyone in any elite unit could have told them, lol. My son & his Ranger unit had shrinks hounding them constantly when they came back from deployment asking them if they had nightmares, etc. What shut them up was when they said they loved it & couldn't wait to go back for more, lol. I can empathize with that culture. My son was asked the same thing on his way out of the Regular Army. He told them basically the same thing - "I miss the hell out of it. I feel that with my training I can still kill a lot of the enemy". They had PTSD papers already for him & he could have collected a nice disability check every month. Shrink told him he wouldn't be needing it after he was able to close his mouth, lol.
    LOL.. Sounds like a true Ranger Top!!.. After all, Rangers lead the way!!.. Just another day at the office!!.. PTSD is hard to diagnose and dangerous for certain personalities... Funny story!!.. An army buddy of mine is an engineer and his unit mate lost two feet on a landmine!!.. He at the time lived in a house off base with a bunch of other engineers whom were all single at the time... when they were going dancing, they would rob the false "dancing feet" first and and would be hopping around yelling "YOU B*ST*RDS!".... the giggling little girls would eventually give him his feet and they would go get drunk... they would get back drunk with the rest and the first one whom passed out or went to bed would be his revenge target.. he used to get his pet snake from its tank and put it in with the drunken housemate.... 4am... shreeks of a little girl as the now awake engineer running around the house with a 2 foot snake getting snug with its new source of heat.... LOL.. Too funny!!.. I never stayed over for some reason!!.. It was like joker central!!... LOL..
    Tenants of Bushido;

    ‘We should never obsess about if we are going to die, but instead focus on how we live as those whom live an honorable life will always die a glorious death.’

    Rectitude (義): Courage (勇氣): Benevolence (仁): Respect (禮 ): Honesty (誠): Honour (名誉): Loyalty (忠義)

    ...ergo veneratio est vires.

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    You know that a wounded Veteran has coped with his affliction when he can make jokes out of it.
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