Medal of Honor awardee U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who also suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, remarked on MSNBC Friday that if we’re ever going to remove the stigma attached to PTSD, we should begin by “removing the ‘D.’”
When Carter appeared on “Morning Joe,” he explained that PTSD is really nothing more that a normal human defense mechanism — one encountered by most people to varying degrees.
He explained that those who suffer from PTSD aren’t really aware of it.
“It’s your family and friends that see it first,” he said. “Hopefully they have the courage to tell you, ‘hey, there’s something wrong.’”
Carter noted that while the general public associates PTSD with a chemical imbalance or mental disorder, it’s no more than a biological response to a traumatic event — whether from a burn, an auto accident or a war zone.
“Removing the ‘D’ from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is getting rid of the stigma to where service members and family members who are experiencing [it] to actually feel confident that they’re not going to be mistreated if they go and get help.”
The public is gradually becoming aware that PTSD is something real, natural and not to be feared. Recently an Iraq War vet was tossed out of a Massachusetts diner for bringing in his service dog.
The diner owner apologized Saturday before a crowd of 500 people at a rally organized by the state’s Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, according to The Boston Globe.
“I was very uneducated about post-traumatic stress disorder,” he said. “I now realize how important the love of the animals are” to those who suffer from it.
Perhaps with more voices as eloquent as that of First Sgt. Carter, the public will become more aware and understanding.
Watch the video, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon.