We Can't Underestimate the Strains of War

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Sponsor: The Veterans Site

Call on our Defense Secretary to continue the investigation into hundreds of military PTSD reversals.


You've served in the military, so you know the mental toll a term of service can take on a soldier. In fact, you know better than anyone what kinds of psychological challenges a service member can experience while on duty.

But what if you came back from serving your country and your country refused to validate your wounds? Or worse, reversed your diagnosis?

Psychologists at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington have been overturning PTSD diagnoses for hundreds of veterans, in what many see as an attempt to avoid providing the costly health care associated with PTSD. Retroactively reversing these diagnoses without the proper insight not only puts veterans in danger, but it also shows a severe lack of communication between the hospital and its patients.

Ask our Defense Secretary to examine each reversal on a case-by-case basis and to bring consequences to those at Madigan Army Medical Center involved with them.

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The Petition:

Dear Secretary:

Thank you for continuing to look into the cases of PTSD reversal at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Since 2007, there have been hundreds of veteran PTSD cases overturned, and I want to know why.

Sadly, though, I think I know why. Officials have become so concerned with cutting costs they will literally stop at nothing to get out of paying health insurance claims — even those of our former service members who have given of themselves to keep us safe.

When they come back, they deserve the utmost of our gratitude. We can do that by letting them know they will be taken care of in their post-service years, no matter how severe or how mild the problem may be.

Funding for military health care is non-negotiable. These doctors don't get to arbitrarily decide who feels what or who is the most distressed.

Please continue your work in investigating these PTSD reversals and do what you can to see that all military health care facilities are taking the needs of our soldiers seriously.

Thank you.

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Updates:

On November 24th, 2014, Chuck Hagel stepped down as the US Secretary of Defense. While we await the nomination and approval of his replacement, we must continue to support this important cause. Please continue to sign and share this petition. We'll be sure to address it to the new Secretary as soon as they are chosen.
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