“absolutely critical … to put an end to any stigma” Commissioner Paulson when will you stand up and say these powerful words we heard from President Obama.

PTSD & OSI Don't Discriminate

Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, the latest recipient of the nation’s highest military honor, hopes to use the award to help others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which has afflicted him since a 2009 battle in eastern Afghanistan that cost eight fellow soldiers their lives.

In bestowing the medal, Obama hailed not only Carter’s gallantry in combat but “his courage in the other battle he has fought” — speaking out about his ordeal with post-traumatic stress. Obama said it was “absolutely critical … to put an end to any stigma” that prevents troops from getting treatment for PTSD.

“No one should ever die waiting for the mental health care they need,” he said, referring to one of Carter’s fellow survivors who later took his own life.

Carter, then a specialist, distinguished himself when more than 300 Afghan insurgents launched a coordinated attack at dawn on Oct. 3, 2009, in an effort to overrun Combat Outpost Keating, a vulnerable position surrounded by peaks of the Hindu Kush mountains in the remote Kamdesh District of Afghanistan’s Nuristan province. Of the 53 fellow 4th Infantry Division soldiers who defended the outpost that day, eight were killed and more than 25 injured, according to the Army.

“Without regard to his own safety, Spc. Ty Michael Carter … resupplied ammunition to fighting positions, provided first aid to a battle buddy, killed enemy troops, and valiantly risked his own life to save a fellow soldier who was injured and pinned down by overwhelming enemy fire,” the Army said in its citation. “He did all this while under heavy small arms and indirect fire that lasted more than six hours.”

Carter, who was wounded in the fighting, became the second survivor of that battle to receive the Medal of Honor.

BY WILLIAM BRANIGIN The Washington Post

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One thought on ““absolutely critical … to put an end to any stigma” Commissioner Paulson when will you stand up and say these powerful words we heard from President Obama.

  1. To you the leader of the RCMP, would you still die to protect a fellow officer, would you put your life on the line and do all possible to save that family, could you comprehend the pain someone else is forced to endure when it was never your pain to suffer? You can provide your officers with a new pair of boots, new glasses to see through, better bullet protection and tools or even an artificial limb lost from duty related incidents. Yet you sir The Leader of the RCMP fail miserably to accept and acknowledge that the duty related injury of PTSD is not the same from one person to the next and no one is safe from its evil. You hold in your hands the ability to help, to help those who may become affected, those who are trying to hide it to keep their careers, those who have been misdiagnosed with depression…a symptom, those who suffer endlessly without assistance much like the multiple units of life insurance we all carry “Just in case”! Well sir, my life and the lives of my family, and many, many others’ lives have been permantly affected with no insurance policy to help us make it through our remaining years. And so the pain grows and you in perfect pattern true to the serge do nothing and turn away from us, those who have no cure and a troubled future since being injured on the job!

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