Group Says Marine Accused Of Desertion Has PTSD

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An anti-war group says a Boulder Iraq veteran accused of deserting from the Marines two years ago is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lance Hering was arrested Nov. 16 in Port Angeles, Wash., on charges of desertion and contempt of court. He disappeared in August 2006 after a staged climbing accident.

Military Families Speak Out, an organization of military families against the Iraq war, said yesterday Hering is "dealing with the consequences of choices he made in the grips of PTSD."

Hering's family declined comment. His parents signed a letter that Military Families Speak Out released in February 2007 asking Congress to stop funding the Iraq war.

Hering told authorities he was on his way to Virginia to be evaluated for PTSD when he was arrested.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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