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August 28, 2011 - 9:40amPermalink
The VA has programmed the public to think of PTSD as that only a soldier could acquire in combat. Alot of us acquired PTSD just by doing our everyday job. We did the same job in peace time as we did in war time. We weren't soldiers we were airmen combating an enemy we couldn't see, hear, taste, smell, or feel. It was called "static electricity". We also had to battle JP-4 and chemical fumes. Suffocating and being burned alive were but only a few of our daily concerns. There was also the problem of acquiring cancer or some other deadly disease from the daily use of one of the many chemicals that have now been taken off the market because of being a known carcinogen. And then there's those of us that acquired PTSD from getting stuck in a fuel tank and freaking out. That's right, I'm talking about the aircraft fuel system business. Luckily I was in a position where I didn't have to go into any more tanks and I am still tying to deal with this disease.
August 30, 2011 - 6:13pmPermalink
I wake up when someone stands by my bed, the a/c comes on or shuts off, the well pump starts.... I wonder if it was due to being on a submarine and when someone would stand by my rack to wake me up, I was instantly up, or, when the reactor scrammed, I was instantly awake because the fans stopped running? I havn't gotten a good nights sleep in forever. I wonder if my forgetfullness is because of that?
August 31, 2011 - 9:46pmPermalink
Re: Foster and illegal immigrants.
This is the sort of thing that is costing the Legion membership. What a legacy Foster. What a legacy. Hold your head high as membership goes down. Look out for the 5th column.