Veterans battle PTSD stigma, even if they don’t have it.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, senior enlisted adviser…

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, senior enlisted adviser with the 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Division-Center (USD-C), speaks to wounded warriors during a question-and-answer session at the USD-C conference room at Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 10, 2010. The wounded warriors returned to Iraq for Operation Proper Exit, a program designed to help injured Service members cope with trauma. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire/Released)

“I was interviewing with a P.R. agency when my military service came up. Some of the questions got a little prying. ‘Oh, so what did you do over there? And what was that like?’ ”

Though he was called back for subsequent interviews, Gallucci said the experience left a “sour taste in my mouth.” Now the deputy legislative director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, Gallucci suspects the interviewer for that other job may have been more curious about his mental health than his experiences in Iraq.

Nearly half of employers — 46 percent — said PTSD or other mental health issues were challenges in hiring employees with military experience, according to a 2010 Society of Human Resource Management survey. And a 2011 survey of 831 hiring managers by the Apollo Research Institute found that 39 percent were “less favorable” toward hiring military personnel when considering war-related psychological disorders.

Source: Stacy Lu for MSN Today.

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