Monday, January 25, 2016

Palin May Have Hurt Veterans In A Way She Can't Possibly Understand

AMES, IA - JANUARY 19:   Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, IA. Trump received Palin's endorse

And although her cheap shot at the President drew the attention she craves so much, Palin’s handy excuse for her son may have actually managed to hurt the veterans she claims to respect in a way that clearly never crossed her mind.
Brandon Friedman, writing for the New York Daily News, explains:
Palin’s implicit assertion that it’s normal or standard for a PTSD diagnosis to lead to physical violence is simply not accurate. And peddling in that kind of misinformation sets back the progress post-9/11 veterans have made in re-integrating after war, whether it’s in school or at work.
Contrary to caricature, those with PTSD — veterans and non-veterans alike — are simply not ticking bombs who could snap at any moment. Research has shown this time and again.
Now that Palin has shot off her mouth in such a public way, Friedman thinks veterans may think twice about seeking help for post-traumatic stress, fearing that a diagnosis may become known to a potential employer:
[S]he’s perpetuating an unwarranted stigma that will almost surely cause other veterans with PTSD to hesitate in reaching out for help, especially if they think a diagnosis will hurt their careers.
Those with PTSD are far more likely to harm themselves than somebody else.  The syndrome usually appears in difficulty sleeping, nightmares, hyper-vigilance, depression, emotional disturbance, and yes, anger. But the anger only rarely manifests itself in physical outbursts. As Friedman points out, the vast majority of veterans also know that it is nothing to be ashamed of—it is a war wound.
People like Palin who recklessly perpetuate the myth that veterans are “ticking time bombs” or, as Nate Bethea writes in today’s New York Times, “damaged beings primed to harm,” are feeding a slur towards veterans that’s as nasty and wrongheaded as racial prejudice
there is a personal story from a vet suffering with PTSD and his experience which doesn't quite fit the out of control waiting to blow up on whoever.  when one seeks to usurp and redirect truths to fit their agenda in this case just a jab at Pres. and she starts an avalanche that will haunt Trump since it was he who excepted and did not rebuke her ramblings,  maybe because like most he didn't know what she was saying but i'm sure he eventually did but still no rebuke. showing me neither really give vets any thought at all just as a crutch to help an image of intolerance and indifference and the brunt of a thinly veiled jab at Pres.