Wednesday, May 12, 2010

PTSD on Georgia Driver Licenses for Veterans

Here a crazy idea that is actually a bill and may be signed into law. If a veteran has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he or she can have this designated on their driver license. Of course it is voluntary, but what in the world are they thinking?

Supposedly, if your are speeding, and an officer sees the PTSD on the license, they may cut you a break. Yeah, right. That is so insane and would be funny if it were not truly what people think. Somehow a PTSD designation on your license is akin to needy glasses or other things like that.

This is a bad idea with no upside except to further a veteran's inability to get back to normal civilian life, it that were 100% possible.

Who comes up with this stuff? State Sen. Ron Ramsey, Democrat, and co-sponsor State Sen. John Douglas, Republican, that's who.

So it's voluntary. What for? If this PTSD impaired ones ability to drive, why would they be getting a drivers license? If it is to tip people off about behavior, what behavior and to who?

How about going to a bar for a drink. Sorry pal, we don't serve PTSD vets in here. We can't take a chance. Can you imagine potential employers? Sure, we see you have PTSD, you are perfect for the job of public relations!

It does not matter who or what you are. You are given a fair shake. If you can't handle it, you can't handle it. Period. Has nothing to do with designations.

Once you get the designation, how easy is it to get it removed?

This is a bad bill all the way around. You will get veterans conned into putting it on their licenses to show people they have problems. Right. Isn't this what veterans have got to overcome? That the public sees them as other than human?

Let's get real and ditch this bill. The governor of Georgia is Sonny Purdue. If you live in Georgia, you need to write your lawmakers quick and get this silliness from becoming law.

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