“Can you talk to me about the active duty people who get diagnosed with PTSD and are automatically medically retired,” one associate producer at a major news network asked me during a pre TV interview last week.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is one of the most misunderstood subjects that the mainstream media reports on. What the press doesn’t realize is that their lack of understanding and subsequent reporting is falsely portraying veterans as damaged goods to American industry. Many veterans and active duty military I’ve spoken with recently are concerned about this, and want it to stop.
“It’s an open secret that my company’s HR department puts veterans’ resumes at the bottom of the pile,” one anonymous New York-based advertising executive told SOFREP.
The mental health stigma surrounding job-seeking veterans isn’t a new phenomenon. But given the much-publicized, strikingly high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that afflict this generation of soldiers, it does threaten — quite unfairly — to markedly hamper their employment prospects. –From Forbes “Veterans Make Valuable Employees, So Why Aren’t More Getting Hired?”