February 23, 2014


President George W. Bush Fights to Take 'Disorder' Out of PTSD (Freda Kahen-Kashi, Feb 23, 2014, ABC News)

President Bush is front and center in the news this week, a position he hasn't frequently occupied since leaving office five years ago, stepping back into the spotlight to shine a spotlight of his own on post-9/11 veterans and his fight to take the "Disorder" out of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"We're getting rid of the D," he said.  "PTS is an injury; it's not a disorder.  The problem is when you call it a disorder, [veterans] don't think they can be treated.

"An employer says, 'I don't want to hire somebody with a disorder.'  And so our mission tomorrow is to begin to change the dialogue in the United States,"  he said. "And we've got a lot of good support." [...]

"It's hard to put on your resume, 'hire me; I was a sniper.'  I mean the average employer can't figure out what that means," Bush said.

"On the other hand, it took enormous courage and discipline and steadiness under pressure to be successful," he said. "His job application, his job skill before, when employers better understand what he brings to the -- would bring to their firm, they're more likely to hire him."

Bush said he is determined to ensure each and every veteran has a fighting chance.

"I have a duty," Bush told ABC's Martha Raddatz, sitting down during a summit organized by the George W. Bush Institute as part of its Military Service Initiative, at which 
Raddatz moderated the panels.  "Obviously I get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I have an emotional..."  The former president trailed off.  "I'm in there with them," he concluded.

"These are men and women who volunteered in the face of danger. I mean, they knew right after 9/11 that the nation would seek justice and to protect ourselves," he said.  "And some got hurt, and some of them need a lot of help. And our nation owes a huge debt of gratitude."

Entirely typical of the man that when he does appear in public it is to vindicate those who served under him, not himself.
Posted by at February 23, 2014 10:41 AM

blog comments powered by Disqus