Army Leadership Failure
Doug Barber deployed to Iraq in July 2003 as an experienced Army truck driver and mechanic. The military discharged him in January 2004 for "personality disorder," saying he was suicidal. When he returned home, Barber fought to prove he actually suffered from PTSD even as his condition deteriorated. By the time the VA concluded that he did indeed have PTSD and arranged to award him his complete benefits, it was too late. In January 2006, Barber committed suicide. "Each day is a challenge with so many tears and a pain that will forever live within my heart," his mother, Martha Moore, said. She hopes that if any good can come out of the situation, her son's story can help other veterans get the care they deserve.