Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or PTSD is an ‘Equal Opportunity” disorder and is not
limited to just male veterans. PTSD affects both men and women veterans. You do not have to
belong to an exclusive club. In the past it was usually thought you had to be a combat veteran or
infantry person to be eligible for compensation benefits. While, it may be easier to be recognized by the Veterans
Administration as having PTSD if you were a combat Veteran. It is imperative you realize, all military veterans may be eligible, if this is true whether or not you are
suffering from physical injuries that occurred while serving your country. Now there are over 1.5 million veterans, Reservists and National Guard called to the Gulf War. About 30-50% with PTSD.
Over the years I have met, evaluated and certified many men and women suffering from PTSD and/or depression. It is unnecessary to have participated in or to have witnessed direct combat to suffer from PTSD. Many people are traumatized without being directly involved in combat. An example: being people responsible for processing information, belongings or bodies for shipment back home to loved ones and those dealing with veterans care upon their return. Often times women (on occasion male) veterans suffer trauma due to intimidation, sexual harassment or rape.
Another important issue is to recognize that most veterans tend to procrastinate for
many years before seeking help, counseling or compensation benefits. Many of our veterans turn
to excessive use of alcohol, self medicate, substance abuse and drugs in an effort to self-medicate to ease their intrusive thoughts, and mental anguish. This can lead to even more severe problems.
Last but certainly not least, many veterans don’t realize, until it’s to late, how PTSD and
depression affects them, their parents, loved ones, spouses and children. PTSD tends to drive families
apart, create terrible dysfunction and destroy what was once a normal relationship. In some cases,
PTSD and depression ends on a sad note with premature death or suicide.
Please look over this information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I encourage
anyone, the veteran or their families to contact me for help. Please take the PTSD evaluation and
submit it. Generally I am able to respond to your information within 24 hours. All information is
confidential. Even though I am a licensed therapist in the Michigan area, I can help anyone, no matter their
location in the USA. I also work with and co-ordinate with a veteran's service officers to gather all pertinent information to expedite your claim for VA disability and/or Social Security disability. Because of my extensive knowledge of the Veterans Administrations
determination methods for PTSD, I have helped hundreds and hundreds of veterans obtain their
disability benefits for PTSD and depression. Isn't it time to begin the healing process for you, the veteran and your family?
Dr. Elaine Tripi - Ph.D., C.R.C.