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Bush Screws His Private Armies, Too – PTSD or BTSD?

Posted by bosskitty on June 17, 2007

US contractors in Iraq suffering from psychological injuries repeatedly denied insurance claims

06/17/2007 @ 11:36 am  Filed by RAW STORY

US contractors serving in Iraq and Afghanistan who have sustained psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder are often finding themselves “caught in a morass of red tape and rejected insurance claims” finds a new Los Angeles Times investigation.  “Some seriously afflicted contract workers have been dumped into indigent medical care programs, according to court records,” reports the Times.

“Many have had to wage lengthy legal battles to win payments for psychological treatment. At least four have committed suicide after returning home from Iraq, according to court records and interviews with attorneys and family members.”

Insurance companies have fought claims for psychological injuries by using doctors of “questionable expertise,” says the paper. In one case, writes T. Christian Miller, an insurance company psychiatrist dismissed psychology as “baloney.”

Gary Pitts, a Houston attorney who has represented more than two dozen contractors with psychological problems, said contractors “put their lives on the line, and then they have to wait to get benefits” while insurance companies fight their claims.

The system “is costly; it’s inefficient; and it’s inhumane,” he said.

Contractors deployed to these war zones often experience the same kind of trauma that produces psychological problems in soldiers. Military surveys estimate that 15% to 20% of soldiers in Iraq show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, a debilitating condition often attributed to witnessing or participating in violence.

War, red tape haunt civilian workers

An analysis finds a pattern of blocked claims for psychological injuries sustained by contract employees in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer  June 17, 2007

 Some seriously afflicted contract workers have been dumped into indigent medical care programs, according to court records. Many have had to wage lengthy legal battles to win payments for psychological treatment. At least four have committed suicide after returning home from Iraq, according to court records and interviews with attorneys and family members.

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2 Responses to “Bush Screws His Private Armies, Too – PTSD or BTSD?”

  1. I thought you folks might enjoy this piece since you live in Texas and despise Bush. Enjoy!

    http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/linkframe.php?linkid=37114

  2. bosskitty said

    Thanks Christopher, cool page – gotta lift that poster, shhh don’t tell

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