Study finds that VA treats PTSD better than the private sector
Tampa Bay Times
By Les Neuhaus, Times Correspondent
May 30, 2016
"It either points to how good of a job the VA is doing or how bad of a job the private sector is doing."SEMINOLE — On May 10, 1967, U.S. Marine Corps infantryman John Paul was seriously wounded during a battle in South Vietnam's A Shau Valley near the North Vietnamese border.
Dr. Katherine Watkins
"When I got hit, I was standing up,'' Paul, 67, recalled during a recent interview. "I was shot twice in the abdomen and left hip. … I thought I bought the farm."
He spent six months in a series of hospitals, and when he was discharged from the Marines, his limp was not his only reminder of his brush with death.
"I was a mess for years," he said, adding that he drank heavily to medicate the mixed feelings he had about the war.
In 1991, he started getting help for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. A recent study published online in a journal produced by the American Psychiatric Association indicates he made a good choice.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
VA treats PTSD better than the private sector
Just a simple fact: The VA started all the research on PTSD, so you'd think they would be better prepared than the private sector. They have simply been doing it a lot longer. Veterans do not believe the private sector understands them at all.