Treatment for PTSD
After Fort Bliss is slammed with a lawsuit accusing them of negligence and pain and suffering, a representative from the Veterans of Foreign Wars says the military does take steps to make sure returning soldiers are treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
But, according to the representative, this is a recent effort. We spoke with Fort Bliss to see what programs and treatment options they do offer to recognize and treat PTSD.
The list varies from therapy, to meditation, to exercise, to acupuncture. The manager for one of the VFW's posts here in town says when he served, the army didn't do nearly as much as they do now because PTSD wasn't considered to be as serious.
"Now they're at least making an effort to identify or have their NCO's or cavalry identify anywhere they've seen a personality change," said Vietnam veteran Larry Andison.
The lawsuit was filed yesterday by the mother of a Chapin High senior killed at the hands of a Fort Bliss soldier. She claims that the army knew of the soldier's disorder because the gunman's family had requested help from doctors there.