Comments

  • Altoneaston

    Welcome home.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:43 p.m.
  • Kathryn Gifford, a public affairs officer for South Texas Veterans Health Care System..."They've been meeting for a long time, and that's why they don't want to stop," she said.
    Guess she is a mind reader, I contend they want to keep meeting, because they feel the therapy is working for them. I contend they are like anyone that is receiving medical care for a non-curable problem; they do not want something that is helping them to stop.
    She said after a given time, the effectiveness of treatment declines and patients must learn how to cope in their daily lives....."We're recommending that they move on."
    I wonder what mental health degree she has or what medical physician she is speaking for.
    What group of veterans will be next? Will it be the vets with missing limbs, Traumatic Brain Injury, pacemakers, or those in need of wheelchairs? Will they be told “patients must learn how to cope in their daily lives....."We're recommending that they move on."
    I wonder is this the new mission of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:36 p.m.
  • Most of the people working for VA aren't even vets and do not know what veterans went through. The VA should employ people that have been there and know what the veterans are going through. Such insensitivity from Gifford the veterans are the reason she has a job but this vet says give her the pink slip.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:09 p.m.
  • “Kathryn Gifford, a public affairs officer for South Texas Veterans Health Care System, which is based in San Antonio, said the PTSD group therapy issue is specific to the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions in Victoria.
    "They've been meeting for a long time, and that's why they don't want to stop," she said.
    She said after a given time, the effectiveness of treatment declines and patients must learn how to cope in their daily lives. However, if something changes, those veterans should call their VA doctors to be evaluated for therapy on an individual and as-needed basis.
    "This is truly not a financial situation," she said. "We're recommending that they move on."”

    I am unable to process the insensitivity of the public affairs official's words after reading the above section of the article.

    Who is the state official referred to in the heading? Gifford is probably a fed if she works for the S Texas VA. Also at issue is who gave her the “words” to feed to the media? Whether the words were her own or the chain of command’s, they show a distinct ignorance of the military and how war affects combat soldiers. So are we to understand that any groups dealing with traumatic experience should have a time frame on their being allowed to wallow in their PTSD affliction? In other words, if a rape crisis group, a child predator survivor group, victims of crime group, a grief group, cancer, COPD, and on,after a predetermined time, should be advised that “they just move on.” Apparently, the “chain of command” (who are not defined in this article) needs a little sensitivity training and to explain a decision rendered through nothing other than “get over it, you’re not helpable.”
    Where are all these politicians proudly supporting the Vets (in public anyway)?
    I find the entire matter is reprehensible, and needs a lot more explaining with identification of the people making such an egregious decision, state official and the chain of command. Without knowing who the players are in this extremely poor decision. Kathryn Gifford is just a mouthpiece behind which the power folks hide.
    You can ask numerous city, county, states, and Vet organizations to help, but there is nothing more powerful than thousands of Vets making their feelings known directly to the “state official”, and “chain of command” whoever they might be. Shame on them for hiding behind a public affairs officer.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:44 p.m.
  • Yes, the county needs to support these services, but I would also like to remind readers that Victoria Area Veterans Support Services provides FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, Peer to Peer, Veteran to Veteran facilitation to Vets of ALL eras (and their family members)....groups are currently meeting in Victoria, Port Lavaca, and Cuero.... VAVSS can also help provide referrals and resources for employment, health care, housing, or VA claims issues....for more info: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victori...

    February 29, 2012 at 1:11 p.m.