PTSD- POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, is our greatest enemy as Veterans. Much has been written about it, and we at RUCK UP keep a reading list of resources for Veterans to learn more about it. One of our favorites that we quote often here is Dr. Jonathan Shay, author of "Achilles in Vietnam" and "Odysseus in America". Much of our Counseling work here uses some of Shay's work. While Shay doesn't like the clinical term "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.", we still use it here because there's a clinical need for it, we still have to work with the VA and the Social Security Administration for the benefit of the Veterans we serve here. He thinks there's a stigma to it. So he speaks instead of "psychological injury" — to make it equal to any physical injury caused by a bullet or a bomb. "Soldier's Heart" is also the term we use often with PTSD, as it was the original term used here in the US, as far back as the Civil War. WE AS VETERANS and family members don't need to fear our PTSD, but we do have to learn how and when, and HOW to cope with it. Here at RUCK UP, that comes with Groups and 1 to 1 therapy, but Groups are the key. Unit and cohesion and belonging here bring us much further than many of the other tools out there.
The VA and Rating PTSDEvery Veteran with PTSD, anxiety, depression, or any other number of issues considers going to the VA. As much as many of us despise them, there are time they are a "necessary evil" in obtaining some assistance at some time of another considers the
he VA rating formula goes from zero percent to 100 percent, in increments of 10, but not every disability includes each rating percentage. For example, a veteran's PTSD can be rated at 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent debilitating.