PTSD Victim

The wife of an Army soldier from South Dakota says her husband endured delays from the military bureaucracy and racial slurs from his superiors before being allowed to be treated for post traumatic stress disorder.

Specialist Ryan LeCompte of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is to be treated at a VA center in Wyoming.

His wife, Tammi, says she hopes he also will be evaluated for a possible brain injury suffered during his two tours of duty in Iraq from 2003 to 2005.

An Army spokesman at Fort Carson, says the soldier's superiors worked hard to get him treatment, and that an investigation is under way as whether he was harassed due to his background.

Some in Congress want to know whether Fort Carson officials are downplaying mental health conditions among returning soldiers or are trying to force soldiers with such problems out of the Army.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Sherry Location: Co Spgs on May 12, 2007 at 09:08 PM
    This is what has happened to my husband when he was trying to seek medical attention and they were med boarding him. He was constantly put down for having to go to appointments and having a profile. It added to his PTSD alot, caused severe headaches and increased his pain in his hand that they were med boarding him for. It was extremely frustrating and caused so much added stress to the already stressful situation. I hope that the investigation will bring this all out, it is sooo sad to see happen!!!
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