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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(4), 57; doi:10.3390/socsci5040057

War Trauma, Politics of Recognition and Purple Heart: PTSD or PTSI?

1,†,* and 2,3,†
1
MLA College for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda 60218, Israel
2
Tel-Aviv Center For Brain Functions, Wohl Institute for Advanced Imaging, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv 6423906, Israel
3
The School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv 6997801, Israel
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 17 March 2016 / Revised: 25 July 2016 / Accepted: 25 August 2016 / Published: 27 September 2016
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Abstract

This paper discusses the exclusion of veterans with combat PTSD (CPTSD) from eligibility for the Purple Heart (PH). The main argument is that this exclusion is unjustified and that it strengthens the stigma attached to the traumatized veterans, with detrimental implications to their wellbeing. In the context of the politics of recognition, the history of the term PTSD, and with support evidence from brain studies, the paper contends that in the case of combat veterans, posttraumatic stress should be termed PTSI (posttraumatic stress injury) rather than PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). The proposed alteration in terminology may enable eligibility of posttraumatic combat veterans’ for the Purple Heart, and consequently mitigate the stigma of their wounds, help to deconstruct their misrecognition as inferior to physiologically wounded, increase their willingness to seek aid, and improve their chances to heal. View Full-Text
Keywords: politics of recognition; social justice; PTSD; PTSI; Purple Heart; war trauma; stigma politics of recognition; social justice; PTSD; PTSI; Purple Heart; war trauma; stigma
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Keynan, I.; Keynan, J.N. War Trauma, Politics of Recognition and Purple Heart: PTSD or PTSI? Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 57.

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