27 Oct '14, 2pm

Vet's PTSD checkup cancelled by VA because of a staff Mental Illness Awareness Week event. Ugh. by @pa…

In October, Army Reserve Maj. Leslie Haines walked into the Fort Wayne campus of the Northern Indiana VA Health Care System for her regularly scheduled appointment at the PTSD clinic. The session had been on the books for months; Haines says she attends appointments like clockwork to treat her “high-level PTSD, that’s often exacerbated” by her civilian job — counseling troops and veterans. But on Oct. 9, the clinic receptionist told Haines her appointment that day had been canceled. The reason? Mental Illness Awareness Week. The staff, it seems, was attending a guest lecture on resiliency from an inspirational speaker. “Do they see the irony in that?” Haines said. “I was thinking, I’m glad it wasn’t National Suicide Prevention Day.” Haines, a prior-enlisted soldier who served as an MP at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was injured in Kirkuk, Iraq, is executive director of Luther...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141027/BENEFITS/31...

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