Veteran says he was denied service while trying to donate plasma
KAGS NBC News
Author: Kerrie Hall
February 20, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After nine years and five deployments with the US Marines, Bratton says he never imagined one of his biggest battles would be faced after leaving the military.
Dogs are often seen as man’s best friend and for veteran Mark Bratton, his dog Benny is that and much more.
After nine years and five deployments with the US Marines, Bratton says he never imagined one of his biggest battles would be faced after leaving the military.
“My symptoms just compounded and got worse but I just kept shoving them down. This is where my symptoms started to really arise and I got severe anxiety, depression severe hypervigilance,” said Bratton.
It was not until after some testing, that Bratton was diagnosed with PTSD.
“I didn't want to accept it, I didn't want to accept that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, that those were the things I was going through. I was afraid of how people would view me,” said Bratton.
A fear he came face to face with after he was denied while attempting to donate plasma. Clinic staff initially telling Bratton it was because of his dog then later saying it was because the veteran has PTSD.
“First it’s about the service dog then whenever I have the paperwork to back it up they fall back on, well you can't be here because you have PTSD,” said Bratton.
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