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After a tour in Iraq, diplomat Rachel Schneller developed war-zone anxieties diagnosed as post-traumatic stress syndrome but received no treatment from the State Department. She began speaking out publicly.

Thursday, both received awards for “constructive dissent” from the American Foreign Service Association.

“The State Department is unique in its full acceptance of dissent,” said AFSA spokesman Tom Switzer. “There is even a dissent channel directly to the secretary of state.”

Mr. Feltman’s objections were so strong the State Department delayed any decision on whether to build on a U.S.-owned site in Beirut that is near the headquarters of Hezbollah, which is on the State Department’s blacklist of terrorist groups.

“His willingness to stand on principle and to question conventional wisdom in order to protect his embassy personnel exemplifies the best qualities of constructive dissent,” according to the award citation.

Ms. Schneller “showed enormous courage in challenging the system on an issue of life and death importance to career diplomats and their families,” her award citation said.

Ambassador Thomas D. Boyatt received the association’s highest award for “Lifetime Contributions for American Diplomacy.

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