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.