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PTSD Help 2000 is designed to help combat veterans suffering from
post traumatic stress disorder from traumatic events and stress causing situations.
This syndrome, or disorder, can cause the veteran to display symptoms that in past
wars were called shell shock and then battle fatigue, and are usually accompanied
by a strong case of survivor's guilt. The treatment, therapy, counseling and
medication provided by the VA are the same as treatment for rape and other
civilian traumas, but there are important differences. Combat veterans suffer
from being the aggressor not the victim. This results in a shattered self image
that requires repair, (usually by helping others), and most importantly, the veteran
must forgive him/her self in order to heal.   

Free Doctor's Help for PTSD Vets
New! I am working with a doctor who has helped my PTSD a lot. Dr. Richard Crowley
(http://www.sportsmaker.com/) is able to remove such things as nightmares, rage,
anxiety, haunting memories, depression, etc., in a matter of 20 minutes each.
He does so without any need to have you re-live your upsetting experiences. He
can also get rid of any issues bothering you without needing to hear what they are!
Nobody does what he does in the world! Dr. Crowley was in the army medical
service corps from 1966-1968. Dr. Crowley would be happy to talk with you for
no charge (free) and see if he can help. His number is: 805.868.3800.
Please let me know if you call him and how it goes.
Be sure to tell him that "Sarge" sent you.

Now with helpful advice from Patience Mason,
Editor, The Post-Traumatic Gazette and
author of Recovering From the War!

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Read Sarge's personal experiences in dealing with PTSD:
"How To Advance Your Healing From PTSD"

Read Sarge's poem, P.T.S.D. Love Letter:
"P.T.S.D. Love Letter"

New! New Scams, Tricks and Lies used by the VA
to Deny Veterans PTSD Benefits

Major actions and new policies by the VA, and
many are designed to deny and limit PTSD benefits.

New! Inside: GAF Scores, What Do They Mean?
Why is My GAF Score Different than the
Percentage that they gave me?

What Are the Extra Benefits that come with a
Permanent and Total Rating?

This link will walk you through the process of applying to the VA for your benefits
and where to send for your military records.
The pages for this hyperlink are all black and white for easy printout.

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NEW Marines, dependents, Naval personnel and
civilians who lived and worked aboard MCB
Camp Lejeune in NC from the 1950s through
1987 may have been exposed to highly
contaminated water. More than 70 chemicals
were found in the water and many of them
are known carcinogens. The U.S.M.C. is
asking anyone who was at Lejeune between
1957 and 1987 to register on their website at:

NEW The Mesothelioma Cancer Center provides
a complete list of occupations, ships, and
shipyards that could have put our Veterans
at risk for developing asbestos-related
diseases. In addition, they have thousands
of articles regarding asbestos and
mesothelioma and they’ve even created a
veterans-specific section on their website
in order to help inform them about
the dangers of asbestos exposure.

Nursing home abuse center
Nursing home abuse

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NEW PTSD & Social Security disability benefits NEW

Applying for Social Security disability benefits is not easy, no matter what kind of disabling condition you are
facing. Nearly two-thirds of applications are denied at the initial level,
and it can take some people up to two years to receive
their Social Security disability benefits. To make matters worse, it is even more difficult
if you suffer from a mental condition rather than a physical one. Why, you may ask, is this case? Well, with a physical
condition, it is far easier to prove the effects that a disease, disorder, or impairment can inflict. However, with a mental condition,
it is nearly impossible for a physician to document the full extent of the condition.
Despite the difficulty of proving a mental condition, the Social Security Administration has fortunately extended some
criteria to determine as to whether or not your symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder qualify you for Social Security
disability benefits.  The SSA’s Blue Book determines eligibility for PTSD based on the following factors:

          1. Your medical records must document at least one of the following findings:You must recall a traumatic experience; and/orYou must
            have recurring obsessions or compulsions; and/or
            You must exhibit an irrational fear of a situation, object, or activity that
            is persistent enough that it causes a compulsion in you to avoid the situation, object, or activity; and/or
          2. You must have severe panic attacks, with symptoms of fear, intense apprehension, and feelings of impending doom and terror, on an
            average of at least once a week; and/or
          3. You must experience generalized persistent anxiety accompanied by at least three of the following symptoms: autonomic hyperactivity
            (shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, dry mouth, cold hands, and dizziness), apprehensive expectation (anxiety, fear, worry, and persistent
            thoughts of potential misfortune), motor tension (fatigability, trembling, restlessness, and muscle tension), or vigilance and
            scanning behavior (feeling keyed up, increased startling, and impaired concentration).

In addition, you must meet the conditions of either paragraph B or C below:

  1.  Your medical records must show at least two of the following findings:
    1. You are markedly restricted in your normal daily activities, and/or
    2. You have marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning, and/or
    3. You have marked difficulty in maintaining your concentration, persistence, or pace, and/or
    4. You have repeated episodes of decompensation (worsening psychiatric symptoms), that are of extended duration.


2. Your medical records must prove that your PTSD results in your complete inability to function on your
own outside your house.

If you have been working with a physician regarding your PTSD, it should be no issue having them confirm any of
these symptoms or side-affects. One advantage you will have is if you have documentation from a mental health
professional, like a therapist or a psychiatrist, rather than your regular primary care. The SSA’s Disability Determination
Services will value these opinions more, making your application that much more likely to be awarded benefits. It is vital
to be as honest as possible regarding your condition and how it affects your work, because holding back will only
hurt your case. It is not a time to let pride get in the way of helping yourself and your family. For many of you on this
blog, you may already be receiving VA benefits based on your service in the military. Fortunately, you are still eligible
for Social Security disability even if you already receive benefits from the VA. If you do not currently receive VA
benefits and are a veteran, that is something else you may want to look into, as you undoubtedly earned it. If at any
point along the way, there are plenty of people and groups at your disposal to give you a helping hand.
There are countless advocates, attorneys, and programs available to assist. So remember: take your time on your
application, don’t be scared to ask for help, and don’t stop fighting.

John Dowling
Senior Editor

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