Do Soldiers Need More Therapy?

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

A Fort Carson soldier jumps to his death and now, less than two months later, his mother says the Army didn’t do enough for her son.

Dorothy Screws says Private Tommie Jones suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after returning from Iraq a year and a half ago. She is pushing to implemented a law that would require each soldier returning from war to get psychological therapy, whether they want it or not.

In March 2008, she was with her son when he was driving over a bridge to a court martial, where he was facing charges of rape and sodomy. “He got out of the car and took off running down the road. He was dodging in and out of traffic. Tommie jumped up on the concrete and he jumped off. He raised his hand, bye,” sobs Screws.

She blames the Army for neglecting her son after his tour of duty.

"War is hell. There is nothing nice about war and there’s no way to cut that," says Aldin Prowell, who works at Fort Carson.

He says every returning soldier goes through a four hour assessment and it's up to each soldier to tell the post if they need help.

"You can't force them to do it; it’s not any good. He (the soldier) has to realize he has a problem and want to deal with it."

He added that sometimes, soldiers have personal issues extending beyond the battlefield, but the Army's assessment focuses on war-related issues.

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  • by dorothy screws Location: hancevile alabama on Jul 25, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    yes my son was charged with rape but tell me why a woman drives herself to a mans apartment where theres 3 or 4 other men gets in a hot tub with them all are drinking and sex happens and then hollows rape because she get roud and is ask to leave and then things get worse my son is a soldier and till you know the story keep your mouth closed check out lariam and chantix they give the soldiers and yes my son had ptsd all soldiers need manadtory help and the commander to stay off their backs so chris clean out from under your own front door before you clean out from under someone else innocent till proven guilty
  • by Chris on Jul 19, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    so was he suffering from PTSD caused by the rape and sodomy he was charged with? It may just be as simple as he did not want to face the consequences of his actions.
  • by dorathy screws Location: hanceville alabama on Jul 10, 2008 at 10:31 PM
    my son had a problem and he was in fort carson he told me if he talked he would get in trouble but i could now if he had help this might not of happened [sucide} so dont tell me the army was there for him they told my family they would have us an officer when we arrived in our yard we had to go to the tv to get their attention and get us someone we were their when my son took his life and seen him do it so i know the army lies alot unless you bring it to the news or papers now we suffer from pstd and the army says they can not help us we only sleep a few hours and back up i have not slept in a bed in 3 going on 4 months i sleep in a recliner my daughter had to be put in a hospital for a while for help but she can not afford the medicine she can not work now she has a very large hospital bill and no insurance please go to www.the petition site -tell-a-friend 1069954 and sign thank you or www.the 1voicesavesmany
  • by crystal Location: ks on May 13, 2008 at 09:02 PM
    Tony: In your comment about complaining of back problems I hope u werent replying about my comment w/my husband because while my husband was in his humvee out the top part a drunk iraqi decided to ram his little truck into it and cause my husband to get thrown around. I have the report still. Finally the 2nd deployment they took xrays and mri's and found out that my husband had spinal stenosis and some other disease not caused by the army but he also had buldging disc which were caused by that accident and his lawyer in the med board proved that. So he didnt come home complaining this all really happened and now were just waiting for him to get worse so they can fuse his back and see what happens either he'll be better or he'll be in a wheel chair and no longer work. I dont support the war but support the troops i'm lucky to not have anyone that i know personally die over there.
  • by War Vet Location: Ft. Carson on May 13, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    Thanks for the support Tony! I have nothing but respect for the Vietnam vets, I know you guys went through hell, but Iraq isnt exactly a picnic. I dont remember a lot of just sitting around, though I know of many that did. And I personnaly think that its an outrage that you didnt get paid while you were in the military, Ive never heard of that, but thats just insane, drafting people and not paying them. By the way, as far as complaining about back problems, how many times did you wear in excess of 100 lbs of protective gear alone? Thank you for your service, especially since you didnt get paid for it.
  • by ami Location: idahp on May 12, 2008 at 08:47 PM
    tony. Do you know the death toll for the iraq war. Anyone going over ther is a hero in my book and many others. I thank anyone who chooses to fight for our country. Yes maybe yoy tour in vietnam waas worse but you should not turn your nose up at those who fight for us now.....
  • by Tony Location: C/S on May 12, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    I am a vet. Served two tours in Vietnam. Soldiers today are not true heros. They go over sit around and then come back and complain of back problems or nightmares. They get handed everything. Man up and for all these overzealous supports remember back to when there was a real war going on. There weren't sign on bonuses, we were paid nothing and didn't come home and complain. Keep in mind there was a draft too. These days these people sign up, you choose to go so when you come back accept your choice and act like an adult not a whining child expecting rewards.
  • by crystal Location: ks on May 11, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    My husband went to iraq twice. After the 2nd tour i started to notice his temper getting worse and we have kids. I told him to go and see someone or I was leaving. While this was going on he was already in the med board process for his back from his iraq injury the 1st time which no one believed him. He went and tried to get help and they told him that since he was in the med board process there was no time to help him I said BS!! bc we had no clue when his last day was going to be at that time. Things got worse again and I made him go back and they finally put him on meds and had him talk to someone and once the VA got him they said he had PTSD and possible TBI(which after a year of being out were still waiting for a test for this). The va is no better than the army.
  • by bill p. on May 11, 2008 at 02:58 AM
    PTSD is a killer to being a career soldier.I was an SFC in Germany and a combat infantryman in Vietnam with an excellent military record and the Army discharged me with a 20 percent disability for my shoulder. I am now 65 and rated at 100 percent for PTSD. The Army screwed me and I have had to fight for anything. PTSD is the open secret that no one wants the stigma attached to it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Springs on May 10, 2008 at 06:09 PM
    Vets do have help here in the springs many many counselors OFF BASE offer PTSD counseling. But asking for help is a double edge sword. You are not to be punished for help but the truth is you can be and it can ruin your career ask a soldier who has asked for help they will tell you the truth. So I say to the soldiers seek help privately if you must but please get help there are people out there to help you. 211 in Colorado will guide you to slinging scale therapist please be a Hero again and get help. We appreciate all you do!
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