United States Vietnam war veterans demand PTSD justice

This video from the USA says about itself:

Interview with Ronald – a Homeless Vietnam Veteran with PTSD

I interviewed Ronald Frankford in front of the New Orleans Mission shelter on April 7, 2010. Ronald was wounded in Vietnam in 1969 and won several medals for his service. He has since suffered from Posttramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and had been homeless for the past 12 years. He shared some of his story with me which sadly has too much in common with so many Veterans in America today.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Stress disorder veterans seek justice over army discharge

Tuesday 4th February 2014

Five Vietnam veterans and three veterans organisations are suing the army, the navy and the air force.

Vietnam war veterans filed a federal suit seeking judgement that the US military had failed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) victims.

They charged that the forces had failed to upgrade the discharges of war veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting in stigma and loss of benefits.

Five Vietnam veterans and three veterans organisations are suing the army, the navy and the air force.

They say they suffered PTSD before it was recognised and were discharged under less-than-honourable conditions that made them ineligible for veteran benefits.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status to represent tens of thousands of veterans.

It says the military has systematically denied applications for upgrades involving evidence of PTSD.

“Unfortunately, the Pentagon has refused to correct decades of injustice experienced by tens of thousands of veterans who suffer from PTSD but were discharged before it was a diagnosable condition,” said a spokesman for the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School, which represents the victims.

“This action seeks to finally secure justice for these veterans.”

Vietnam veteran Conley Monk developed PTSD after suffering traumatic events including a barrage of enemy mortar rounds and the gassing of his unit, according to the lawsuit.

“My discharge status has been a lifetime scar,” Monk said.

“If I were discharged today, my PTSD would be recognised and treated and I wouldn’t be punished for having a service-connected medical condition.”

Since 1993, only 4.5 per cent of applications for discharge upgrades involving PTSD have been granted.

Study: Military men under 40 are are three times more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction: here.

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36 thoughts on “United States Vietnam war veterans demand PTSD justice

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I know how he feels. I was there trying to help them … get better.
    IMHO …. the VA is overwhelmed and can’t address all of these issues. They may say they are, but they aren’t. Should it only be the VA? What about other agencies ….


  2. Last week, Republicans filibustered legislation to provide veterans more access to health care and tuition assistance, and to restore the cost of living adjustment for military retirees.

    Why? Because Republicans are holding veterans’ benefits hostage to harsher Iran sanctions that would sabotage President Obama’s negotiations.

    Tell Congressional Republicans: Stop playing politics with our veterans.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik


    Dear Activist,

    George Washington once said that, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

    I was reminded of that quote last week after the filibuster of legislation to provide veterans more access to health care and tuition assistance, while restoring the cost of living adjustment for military retirees.

    Senator McConnell and his Republican caucus halted the bill because of an increasingly partisan disagreement over diplomacy vs. sanctions in Iran: no sanctions, no increased care for our veterans from their perspective.

    I think this is the wrong approach. The same Congress that approved our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has a responsibility to recognize that the costs of those wars continues long after the troops return home.

    Join me and over 400,000 veterans, military family members, and VoteVets.org supporters and send your Senators a message that you expect them to pass the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act.

    Whether it’s Syria, Iran, or the shocking crisis unfolding in Ukraine, Republicans have developed a horrible habit of reflexively using national security in a completely partisan attempt to score political points.

    It’s terribly disappointing, and it’s one of the reasons I am happy to partner with VoteVets.org on this important issue. It seems that all too often, the voices of those who bear the disproportionate burden of keeping our country safe are forgotten once their service is complete.

    That’s not right.

    Join me and write a letter to your Senators telling them to pass the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay and Restoration Act.

    The American Legion believes this legislation should pass cleanly and the American public agrees. Let’s put partisanship aside and provide for the veterans who risk so much for the country we all love.

    I’ll be in touch,

    Chris Murphy
    Senator, Connecticut


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