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Wounded Back Home

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 30, 2009

Editors note: There have been more contractors than soldiers in the war zones for a long time now.  These TBI and PTSD issues are just being denied when it comes to the contractor, they are not going away.

In the first of a three-part series, our workers’ comp columnist Peter Rousmaniere explores the health, wellness and compensation burdens of America’s returning military veterans.

By PETER ROUSMANIERE, the Risk & Insurance® workers’ compensation columnist

Late in the evening of Nov. 14, 2004, on the outskirts of Camp Anaconda, a sprawling U.S. base in Balad, Iraq, 40 miles north of Baghdad, three U.S. Army National Guard soldiers were injured by the devastatingly effective roadside bombs, also known as IEDs, used by insurgents against the U.S. military.

One of those soldiers, Sgt. Stephen Kinney, 52, of the New Hampshire 172nd Mountain Infantry Regiment, was struck by the shock of the bomb, which exploded six feet from the passenger side of his Humvee.

Kinney didn’t know that he had just become one of hundreds of U.S. returning veterans whose neurological impairment threatens to overwhelm employers and military medical personnel.  Read full story here


5 Responses to “Wounded Back Home”

  1. Barry said

    The heinous violations that the insurance companies are piling on PTSD patients are a great danger to the patients and their familes; here are just a few of the symptoms of PTSD that are seen on the Mayo Clinics website :

    Symptoms of anxiety and increased emotional arousal that may include:

    * Irritability or anger
    * Overwhelming guilt or shame
    * Self-destructive behavior
    * Trouble sleeping
    *Being easily startled or frightened
    * Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there

    The insurance companies are intentionally aggrivating the PTSD that the injured contractors have, and intentionally placing their lives in danger.

    The insurance companies violations also intentionally aggrivate the symptoms of those with TBI injuries. A few of the symptoms they can have include :

    * Difficulty remembering, concentrating, or making decisions

    *Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading;

    * Getting lost or easily confused;

    * Feeling tired all of the time, having no energy or motivation;

    * Mood changes (feeling sad or angry for no reason);

    So the heinous insurance companies intentionally delay and ignore medical evidence, and create great danger in the lives of those suffering with these conditions.

    I guess all we can do is pray that some day soon the Department of Labor and Department of Justice will wake up and take the comprehensive actions that are long overdue, and stop these heinous insurance companies from endangering even more lives !!

  2. dante said

    My husband shot himself at the dinner table right in front of me for no discernible reason at all, two months after returning from his 7-months stint in Iraq in charge of the State Department’s explosive ordinance removal prog.
    The fact that he was not around to testify is the main reason (other that a corrupt judge) why CNA won the case.
    Of course their refusal to diagnose and treat PTSD benefits them because the prolonged process eventually eliminates the evidence as the key witness predictably deteriorates, and these idiots in the justice department just don’t get it, or as a matter of cheap-scate war policy, deliberately turn a blind eye to the murder of disposable civilian contractors.

  3. defensebaseactcomp said

    And to date the employer still offers no psychological screening upon returning from the war zones.

  4. Barry said

    Dante I’m very sorry to hear about your husband and your witnessing of his tragic death.

    From what I’ve seen I think the Justice Department is deliberately turning two blind eyes, protecting big business. There is so much evidence any rational person can see it.

    God sees it too, and those responsible at the Justice Department and Department of Labor will have an eternity to be held accountable for the extreme misery and suffering they are enabling the insurance companies to cause here on earth.

  5. Krash said

    Great story Peter, can’t wait for the next installment.

    PTSD and TBI whether military or contractor is the biggest most misdiagnosed problem that is going to come out of this war . . . the blatant denial of the problem even existing is the saddest part of this battle with the insurance companies.

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