Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...Some People Just Don't Get It

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

After my story aired I was shocked that someone had the audacity to leave negative feedback about the men who were brave enough to share their stories with me.

It takes a lot for me to get upset about comments people make about stories we choose to air, but I can't hold my tongue on this one.  Recently, I interview several Veterans who've served in the Vietnam, Operation Shield/Operation Storm, Kosovo and the Iraq War.  They so bravely shared their daily struggles dealing with one of the most common injuries of members of our armed forces when they come back from battle.  On this is what one poster said.

Posted by: Rob Location: NC on Apr 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM
What we don't need is another generation of veterans, or our so-called "heroes", feeling sorry for themselves. One was quite enough with the Vietnam vets.

I have to say, I was shocked and dismayed by this.  I mean this guy is criticizing these men for fighting for him to be able to say these things with his free speech!

You can hate this war, you can hate all war if you like, but to sit behind your computer and tell men and women who leave their families to fight in an atmosphere that can only be described as volatile and uncertain is beyond me.  And perhaps you aren't able to understand what they've been through or maybe you don't want to, but for goodness sake, at least have enough respect to let these men who are suffering through this disorder open the door and show people what it's really like to go to bed and wake up in a cold sweat because you think someone is attacking you.  Give me a break Rob!  If you want to say you didn't like the story I did or the way it was told that's one thing, but I'm standing up for these guys because they did me a favor by even agreeing to go on camera and share such personal information.

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  • by Rob Location: NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    Typical narcisitic veteran atttiude. Good job, Rob.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    If there were just more people like you Christine, our country would be even greater than it is. Forgive the nay sayer's, anyone who has never been there just can't have a clue. Like many other vets, I and two of my brothers served in 67, 68 and 69, so to anyone who is not a believer, I would invite them to sign up, take a war zone tour and THEN GIVE US THEIR OPINION. Thanks Christine and to all our vets and those that support us.
  • by sharon Location: ga on Jun 2, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    thank you for this post. My cousin who served in Vietnam also had this.......of course,not treated and his life was very difficult.
  • by Heather Location: near by on May 6, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    some people need to just keep there comments to themselves b/c they're inconsiderate! Christine done a good job and it's something in reality we just need face. thanks to those who serve our country b/c i couldn't never have done it!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 03:57 AM
    Enough with the Freedom of Speech. This has nothing to do with Freedom of Speech. The First Amendment ensures the government can not infringe upon your Freedom of Speech. If WITN doesn't want to post my comments it isn't an infringement of my First Amendment rights. You folks who want to scream about your Freedom of Speech need to read the Constitution and get a clue.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on May 5, 2009 at 11:00 PM
    Dang, GBHB you put Kennedy in her place
  • by Enough Already Location: ENC on May 5, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    Well, Ted, it's called freedom of speech. This is a new concept to those of you who wrap yourselves in the flag and denounce anyone who has an opinion other than yours.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 5, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    It amazes me that WITN would allow such an inflammatory comment to be made and yet the comments I posted here last night in response too it apparently was deemed inappropriate and was not posted. Seems a little hypocritical to me.
  • by Tim Location: Washington, NC on May 5, 2009 at 04:48 AM
    Christine, keep up the good work. Don't ever let someones negativeism or antipatriotism get to you. Everyone has a different opinion and I think you did (PTSD story) and do a great job. PTSD is real...flashbacks, nightmares, Gulfwar Syndrome and all the like...I know. We have Vets suffering everyday from disorders like PTSD. People that have not served or fought living their everyday lives not being affected by situations that arise while serving in the military just don't understand. They haven't experienced it and therefore can't comprehend it. Before someone judges, have something to base their opinion on, like experience...the best teacher of all. Have a great day! One Proud American.
  • by Tim Location: Washington NC on May 5, 2009 at 04:19 AM
    Yes, Kent State was a tragedy, but get over it, that was 39 years ago. I'm sorry it happened, but I didn't do it and I don't think you did either. That was your forefathers and mine too. I am not a "flag waving hyprocrite" and NEVER have or will be one! I have NEVER Seeked "sympathy", a "parade", or "publicity" as you put it. And I know many others that haven't either. How about all the dead coming back from Iraq? Do you see them seeking a parade? They can't Kent, they are DEAD! It isn't even aired on TV for anyone to see. If you people think that they are not dying for you or this country, let us all stand back and do nothing but stay in our own country and so call "protect it" as GBHB put it. We will be overrun by terrorism. Then who you gonna call? Ghostbusters aint gonna come to our rescue! You people will then see the light or maybe you like living in a communist society or practicing the muslim relegion. I don't! Still One Proud American, You or noone can EVER change that.
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