Civilian Professionals and Combat Theater PTSD
While this might be a great help for a few, mostly non combat in theater vets, I'm more then abit leery of having civilian professionals that have never served in the military let alone in an occupation theater diagnose military personal who have. They are fine for possible diagnosis in the civilian populations, which eventually will help them better understand Post Traumatic Stress from the trauma's and stresses of war suffered either directly or indirectly from a combat theater, thus understanding civilian PTS, but I have been watching as many keep trying to come up with the magic pill or magic instant cure while disregarding all that has been done by the few and mostly War Veterans, and some civilian dedicated professional and non professionals, of the past three plus decades. Soldiers are and should be more comfortable talking with fellow soldiers or the few civilians that Really Understand what War is and what happens in a War Theater as well as being in and the knowledge of what's going on 24/7!
July 23, 2010 A U.S. House of Representatives committee has approved legislation to make it possible for servicemen and woman to obtain a post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis at an academic medical center.
The legislation was proposed as an amendment by U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, R-Bainbridge Township and approved by the House Appropriations Committee as part of a spending bill that funds military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
LaTourette’s spokeswoman Deborah Setliff said the measure will likely be voted on by the full House of Representatives next week and then move on to the U.S. Senate. Continued
Those professionals who have worked with police departments, police shootings, results of violent crime observed by them, or worked with hospital personal that may develop PTS from their work, or in gang related area's of cities etc. would have a better and closer understanding that comes close to combat PTS and should be the ones that a veteran might want to seek out if a VA professional or Veteran Counselor/Professional isn't readily available.