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Chuck Luther

Chuck Luther was a Sergeant in the Army, and served in Iraq in 2006-7. He developed PTSD, but when he asked the army for help he was told to "drink water and drive on" and accused of malingering. Eventually he was discharged with a personality disorder.

 

Once out of the army, his PTSD was diagnosed and he got help. At first he was bitter and resentful about the way the army treated him. He set up the campaigning organisation Disposable Warriors (www.disposablewarriors.com) to help others in a similar situation.

 

He's also winessed the change in the military's approach, particularly at Fort Hood. He's now called on by the base's senior command to advise on how to deal with the issue. And despite his troubled relations with the military, Chuck is full of praise for the efforts now being made to tackle PTSD. But he does say that while the senior command now 'gets it,' not all junior officers do, meaning soldiers who need help still aren't getting it.

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Taken on March 25, 2010