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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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PTSD and gambling?

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So I found out today that my Uncles neighbor is 100% for only ptsd. He tried talking to me while I was visiting my uncle. He then invites me to go to the casino with him to play cards; which, I declined. I'm not judging but it is peaking my curiosity. How do 100% ptsd veterans manage to go gambling in a crowded casino that requires interaction, but can't work? I'm not judging or plan on reporting. Not my job or business to try to report people. I just want to understand it.

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I read about one guy who got into thrill seeking and ended up DOA one day. PTSD is a complex issue, not just anxiety and stress but also addictions and emotions. Gambling is an addiction. PTSD may be the primer, but the relief from "winning" makes you feel important and successful. It allows you to put on a mask and for a little bit life is normal. Most gambling addictions can go  on for years before causing major problems. Some can become acute and destroy someone's  life in short order.

This link goes to a journal to an article that talks about this and other problem behaviors associated with PTSD.

 

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Its not up to us Veterans to judge one another.

   if a Veteran is S.C. For Any disability  that's on him.

 Rather or not  its a MH PTSD or a Bad Back, or bad  feet, Hep-C, Hearing Loss whatever.

  Most MH disability's are invisible disability's 

This veteran has the right to spend his $$ any way he wants to,  if Gambling fits his needs  then so be it...if that makes him happy.

I personally don't care what other Veterans do with there time and money   its simply non of my business.

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1 hour ago, Buck52 said:

Its not up to us Veterans to judge one another.

   if a Veteran is S.C. For Any disability  that's on him.

 Rather or not  its a MH PTSD or a Bad Back, or bad  feet, Hep-C, Hearing Loss whatever.

  Most MH disability's are invisible disability's 

This veteran has the right to spend his $$ any way he wants to,  if Gambling fits his needs  then so be it...if that makes him happy.

I personally don't care what other Veterans do with there time and money   its simply non of my business.

 

True, I do judge my own 100% rating sometimes. Like when I took my son to Kings Island. The whole time I kept thinking, 'I can do this but not hold a job?' 

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Veterans can have a life  even IU Veterans  and they still need a family life   taking a child to a fun event, if your a 100% Disabled Veteran 100% or IU   you still have a life   that does not mean you CAN work  it means you love your kids.

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I am a 100% veteran and spend a lot of time with church activities.  I may look normal, if you overlook the leg braces, but most of my disability is invisible.  I question my disability many times but my wife reminds me that I have a very compromised memory and I am not always fully up to par.

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