- Posted August 8, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Mental health in the military
The truth about mental health in the army
In 2006 I was part of the worst fighting in Iraq. We ended up losing 3 soldiers from our unit, another 3 personal friends of mine from other units. Fast forward to our return from combat, The days were intertwined, a lot of anger, a lot of tears but it was not till later in 2009 that I realized I was suffering from PTSD and was convinced by my new wife to seek counseling. So that my career would not be affected I decided to seek a military life family consultant as they were not authorized to keep records, I went this route for years and only moved on to a military counselor once I could not take the stress anymore. So this is where the mental health problem in the army came to light for me. I was having a breakdown, uncontrolled crying, felt like I could not take a single step. I made it to the behavior health clinic and after a 20 minute wait was told to come back tomorrow. A few months later as I was being chaptered out of the army for PTSD and an ankle injury that occurred in 2006 while deployed I was told another interesting fact. All the years of therapy from the Army's new military life family consultant did not matter during my medical board, so what did matter you ask, what did the VA and army use to decide what my level of PTSD was? a 35 minute interview with a psychologist who not once looked at me. I was a star soldier and leader, the go to guy, until my mind broke, then I was tossed to the side and told not to get in the way. the day I finally gave in and went to mental health was the day my entire unit turned its back on me. there's so much more, I'm not a writer but my story will be heard.