Issues & Cases
AWOL POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER PTSD
AWOL Case Study #1
Matter: AWOL, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD
Summary: This case involved the safe and successful return of our Client
to military control from an AWOL status, and his subsequent honorable discharge
from the service for medical reasons.
Our client returned to Fort Bragg, North
Carolina from combat deployment in Iraq with his 82nd Airborne Unit. He began
to experience problems which were later diagnosed as classically symptomatic
of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD for short. The problems persisted
without sufficient treatment over a period of weeks and months. Our client,
being young, inexperienced, and completely overwhelmed, decided to go AWOL.
He returned home, and his parents hired our firm to address the issues.
After extensive coordination with the client, his family and with the client's
parent unit, we carefully arranged the soldier's return from AWOL status to
military control. Having an AWOL attorney familiar with PTSD diagnoses and PTSD
issues, helped the family obtain a PTSD diagnosis from a local VA hospital.
With that diagnosis and further advocacy, we convinced both the medical staff
at Fort Bragg and the client's chain of command to recommend further hospitalization
and evaluation for PTSD, rather than punishment as a primary focus. We then
lobbied for a medical discharge under honorable conditions.
Result: The command chain recommended the medical discharge with an
Honorable Discharge certificate.
Highlights: Using my extensive experience as a military lawyer and specifically
as an AWOL attorney to help a courageous young man, who had served honorably
in combat in Iraq, and who came back hurt, confused, and frustrated. As an AWOL
attorney, also familiar with the potentially devastating nature of PTSD, I helped
a soldier and a family heal, and in the process fought for and received an honorable
discharge under medical grounds for my client.
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