Dakota Meyer and Rachel Maddow both fight the PTSD myth

 
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Dakota Meyer and Rachel Maddow both fight the PTSD myth

I know it sounds like I am harping on this, but the "PTSD leads to murder" myth that is being sold in the media is truly harmful to veterans.  Millions of people have PTSD and just go about their lives peacefully, benefitting society and those they touch.  But you get one sick person that starts shooting, and all those people are unfairly tarred with the same brush.  Enter two people you wouldn't normally think of together:  Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

 First, Dakota:

Linking the Fort Hood shooting to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder only hurts American service members struggling to process their war experiences and make their way back in the civilian world, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer told FoxNews.com.

Meyer, a Marine who battled PTSD after coming home from Afghanistan, where he risked his life to recover the remains of four fallen brothers in arms, winced when he heard some reports attributing Army Spec. Ivan Lopez's Wednesday rampage to the condition. Lopez gunned down three fellow soldiers, wounded 16 and then killed himself when a military cop confronted him.

“Going out and shooting your own friends, your own people, that’s not PTSD,” Meyer, the youngest Medal of Honor recipient in history, told FoxNews.com. “I don’t know what the word is for it. It’s close to psychotic.
 
 
"If we think of every other mass shooting in America as somehow particular to the circumstances of that shooting but this one as explained away as 'Oh he was an Iraq vet'... not only does that not help us understand what happened here, it is an offense against every other veteran who right now is getting that stigma shoveled onto them by a lazy civilian world and a lazy civilian media who find this dangerous veteran stereotype to be an easier thing to point to than America has a bad mass shooting problem."
 
Dare I be optimistic and hope that we are making some headway on this? 
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Correction: Meyer is not the youngest MOH recipient in history ( at age 23). Audie Murphy, for one, was younger (19 at the time of the event and 20 at the time of award). Meyer is the youngest now living recipient.

If ptsd were the case in the fort hood shooting what is the reason for the stabbing in Pittsburg the kid is only 17. People deal with life different, starting at even the earlist of ages. It's alot of how we are wired and we need to keep a better watch on that.

Teeth grinding "bruxism" is a big "tell" when doing preliminary evaluation for PTSD. Can you imagine the stresses going on in someone and, the long term damage ,over time, emotionally and physically? Our Veterans need all the help they can get, the sooner the better.

Ed's prior comment concerning your 2nd amendment rights, if you apply for or need PTSD treatment, are 100% correct. If any kind of mental health treatment is given, you will lose your right to possess or carry a firearm in many States. And, the direction the current administration is going, that is about the last one of your rights you want to forfeit.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.