13 July 2007

Army Leadership Failure

Former National Guardsman William Wooldridge of Blitheville, Ark., suffered hallucinations, panic attacks and nightmares during his Iraq deployment in 2003. Wooldridge was haunted by several near-death experiences and an incident in which a young girl was pushed in front of his truck. "She looked like my daughter," Wooldridge said. Wooldridge said he was told to take a mental health test and answer at "one extreme or the other." He was later diagnosed by the VA with extreme PTSD. After a long fight and help from a congressman, Wooldridge's discharge was changed to secretarial authority. "They were not interested in what was wrong with me, just getting rid of me the easiest, cheapest way they could," Wooldridge said.
(William Wooldridge)


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