David: you’re probably aware that it’s the “conservative” element at the Pentagon, and in Congress, who’ve long thrown our veterans overboard, you know, THAT “boat”. VA tries, and is underfunded by Congress to actually keep up, but they can whine when their budgets make things harder. As to the Pentagon, it’s all those folks with “personality disorders”, not getting treatment, or aid, because they can’t get declared by the military, or get it “combat related”, that shafts a lot of folks.
BTW: treated PTSD gives people a way to cope, and VA is doing much better to get to the folks early in the process today, but “chronic” is, well, pretty much permanent, like all the ‘Nam vets who went decades before getting treated. But, even after years, when we keep blowing people up, like Afghanistan, Iraq, and threats on Syria and Iran, we who’ve had “experiences” do see things “differently”, and it’s back to flashbacks again.
ON a slightly different track, those who’ve NOT even been “in country” and are claiming PTSD, getting the words right to get benefits, who do NOT want treatment, only the money, ARE making it harder for those who really do have a case!
Trying to educate “the public”, and help our veterans who need it, is neither simple, easy, or even accepted in some circles of chickenhawks.