Following the most recent Fort Hood shooting, many people seem to think that veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are walking around like zombies with a psyche ready to explode at any time. That’s just not true. Most veterans with PTSD (and non-veterans, for that matter) are non-violent.
When we generalize and attribute violent tendencies to veterans simply because they have a diagnosis of PTSD, we are perpetuating the stereotype of the “crazy Veteran.” That’s just not right!
The negative results of this kind of thinking are far-reaching. First, it may cause Veterans to hesitate before seeking out the treatment they need. PTSD can make life miserable for those who are living with it, and overcoming the stigma associated with seeking help is difficult enough. In addition, it may keep veterans who are looking for work from being hired, and that’s just tragic.
America’s Veterans have given so much to maintain our freedom and to make our country great! It’s important that we take the time to ensure that they are not the victims of media-hype and instead provide them with all the support they need and deserve.