PTSD benefits sound good at first

WASHINGTON – Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?

The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of warfare.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., objected, saying the measure would make it easier for veterans with mental illness to own a gun, endangering themselves and others.

Moral to the story, free stuff has a price and don’t trust the G….

Look I remember my return from Afghanistan and Iraq.  The people pushing PTSD line was amazing.  If you said you had no bad dreams, slept well at night, didn’t agonize over your rotation, well you were just in denial. Besides, you’d miss out on all the free benefits.  The Government would help you with everything. Maybe even a 100% medical discharge and disability.  Dude, that’s the jackpot.  Good pay forever without lifting your finger again.

Of course it doesn’t always work out that way and remember, when someone offers you something for nothing, there is a reason.

Nothing is free.

The fact is, I can see the argument with Mental incompetents and owning a firearm.  Hey if you can’t work, can’t handle your finances should you really have a loaded weapon?  How do you respond to that?  We’ll see how this turns out.


4 thoughts on “PTSD benefits sound good at first

  1. I believe whether you are a Vet or a civilian with a mental illness you should not be able to possess a Gun. The free stuff for having PTSD. I have a different opinion on. Shell shock they called it in WW2. It does exist and the Government should help those who have it. Yes I know there are those that were not in Combat that say they have bad memories and had a hard time to adjust when they came home. But it can take years for a Vet to have his Claim Authorized.I believe the Government should take care of it’s Vets a little better than it does.


  2. We come from different times and wars. I don’t think most Vets prior to say Desert Strom thought much about PTSD. Vietnam Vets were the first to really get the public and politicians’ to finally address it in a major way but that was mostly years after the war and probably missed a few that didn’t get the word.

    What we have seen is that once the takers see a way to get something for free they move in. The real Soldiers who don’t run to sick call every day lose out to the squeaky wheels. I’ve seen way too many today walking out of the Warrior Transition Companies gloating about the benefits that got. Most haven’t ever done or seen a damn thing. Sure we should take care of those that have real issues. When I see a guy with and arm or leg missing, by god they paid a real price. But war doesn’t mean you’re excused from life. But then we as a society encourage the metro-man crying syndrome.

    As to the Generation who came back from WWI and WWII. The generation that went to war and stayed until it was won, they mostly came home and lived successful lives. Yeah they had nightmares, and suffered. But they were men (and women) who dealt with it and didn’t make excuses for their failures. They knew life was often hard and you had to be hard to survive and keep your family going.

    Sorry my sympathy meter is at zero lately.

    As a Vet with more than a few years in, I’m embarrassed by many of my brethren. The quiet ones doing the job day in and day out get shit on constantly. The whiners and bitchers do all the taking.

    The point of the post however, was that there are those who oppose gun rights and will use what you thought was a nice little benefit against you and of course if you want to claim mental instability how can you fight against that?

  3. ‘metro-man crying syndrom’ That’s good JB, real good. By the same token this generation of ‘Call of Duty” warriors live in a different place in their minds. When faced with the smell, feel and reality of all the crap we put up with over there, they aren’t equiped mentally to handle some of it. We’ve raised a few weak generations and have nobody to blame but ourselves. The emasculation of the American male is real and we have truly become an entitlement society.

  4. I don’t want to overblow this either. There are today, many, mostly great men and women serving. But I would prefer we build a better country with jobs they can fill when they leave service and not a country the feels pity for them.

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