Soldiers Deployed To Afghanistan Despite PTSD Diagnosis

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly diagnosed in individuals who have suffered extensive trauma, including soldiers who have engaged in combat. Jeff Hanks, a Fort Campbell soldier who went AWOL last year, made headlines when he refused to serve due to psychological damage. Now, Hanks is returning to Afghanistan after receiving little assistance for what he claims to be PTSD, according to The Leaf Chronicle.

Hanks says he did not receive proper treatment from the Army when he started to feel symptoms of PTSD, including headaches, nightmares, anxiety and depression. After being diagnosed by four different doctors, Hanks has received therapy. However, he will not finish treatment because the military claims it will interfere with his deployment.

Despite battling PTSD, Hanks will leave for Afghanistan to finish his tour of duty. His attorney has filed an Article 138 against Fort Campbell, claiming that the officials’ actions were a “violation of law or regulation; beyond the legitimate authority of that commander; arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion; or clearly unfair.” Regardless, Hanks will be serving as the legal matters are carried out.

More than 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities may be able to help individuals who have suffered trauma.