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Thursday, October 6, 2011

VA - PTSD/TBI: VA pulls questionable hat from D.C. store

On Wednesday, outpatient Tom McCuin, an Afghanistan war veteran, snapped a photo of a hat emblazoned with the phrase: “Warning: This Vet is Medicated for your Protection,” available for sale in the lobby gift shop at the hospital.

He then posted it on Facebook and Twitter.

McCuin said that instead of purchasing the hat for his car’s dashboard as a joke, he shot VA’s social media department the photo he had taken, along with a tweet: “Nice message, guys,” he wrote.

VA officials quickly responded with their own message. “This does nothing except perpetuate stereotypes. Unacceptable anywhere near a VA Medical Center.”

That morning, VA had posted on its Vantage Point blog an article about post-traumatic stress disorder, urging veterans to seek treatment. “Don’t let stigmas about PTSD and TBI get in the way of treatment,” the VA social media sites urged.

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2 comments:

At the Taps said...

“Warning: This Vet is Medicated for your Protection,” Interesting. Not far from the truth the way the VA does it. At least the vets are medicated for the protection of the VA.

Jerry said...

I appreciate your comments about veterans on this website. I am an Afghanistan War veteran. I started a simliar blog called "The Veterans Guide."

You can visit it here and perhaps guest post on it from time to time.

Veteran's Guide to PTSD and Benefits