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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