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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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