Mentally Ill Veterans Sent Back To War – Boston News Story – WCVB Boston
BOSTON — Thousands of soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
But Team 5 Investigates has uncovered that case after case, the military is violating its own policy and shipping them back to the front lines before they are well.
At just 25 years old, Damian Fernandez has already witnessed horrific human suffering.
“Everyday, for 365 days, they were under attack there,” said his mother Mary Jane Fernandez. “Bombings and landmines were in the street and he saw his fellow soldiers killed.”
The young father from Waterbury, Conn., came back a different man. Doctors classified him as 70 percent disabled from post-traumatic stress disorder. Still the order came to redeploy.