The wife of an active duty soldier in the US Army asserts that her husband was demoted after coming forward and asking for help in his struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There have been many, many similar allegations made by military personnel during the course of the Global War on Terror (GWOT). The Department of Defense and Branches of Service have undertaken the implementation of regulations and protocols ostensibly aimed to foster an environment wherein soldiers feel they can come forward without fear of repercussion in terms of their careers. However, in practice, at the unit level, policies and guidance from the upper echelons within the military are seemingly not followed.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — A wife of a Fort Campbell soldier is calling for change.
She says soldiers should be able to ask for help without getting in trouble. Her husband has PTSD and got demoted for having homicidal thoughts.
According to documents, the soldier went to the emergency room on post to get help and the doctor reported what he said to his superiors.
“The reduction in rank was immediate,” Felicia Miller, the soldier’s wife, said.
Documents show the hospital incident happened in late December and the demotion was finalized in early May
Miller says her husband was diagnosed with development PTSD after his first tour in Afghanistan in 2013. In December, she says, he started having homicidal and suicidal thoughts and she immediately took him to the hospital.
“As soon as they start saying those kind of things, you want to get them help,” Felicia said.
In the emergency room, her husband, Scott Miller, reported feeling homicidal, even telling the doctor that he thought about killing his superiors by beating them with a steel pipe. Required by law, the doctor reported what Miller he said. According to documents, when word got back to Fort Campbell, the Army decided Miller had “communicated a threat”
And immediately demoted him from specialist to private first class and reduced his pay.
“Do you feel bad that you got him help that night now?” asked Reporter Sabrina Hall.
“I carry a lot of guilt because I’m the one that drove him in there,” said Miller.
Fort Campbell says it can’t comment on this particular case but emphasized that help is available on post for soldiers in need. Read More