Lewis W. Diuguid

Medal of Honor recipient also suffers PTSD

Updated: 2013-08-27T22:28:53Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Veterans and people still in the service suffering post-traumatic stress disorder couldn’t have a better spokesman than Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter.

The 33-year-old on Monday became only the fifth living person to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. In a 12-hour battle that killed eight of his comrades and wounded 25 others on Oct. 3, 2009, Carter repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to try to save soldiers who were with him, McClatchy Newspapers reports.

Carter explained that he has trouble sleeping because of his post-traumatic stress disorder, suffers nightmares and is uneasy in crowded places where he is unsure of the exits. There also is a constant ringing in his ears, and he is quick to anger and never comfortable at home.

Too many people in the service dismiss PTSD claims by armed forces personnel. No doubt, no one would do so with Carter, which helps all of those suffering PTSD so that they can get the proper treatment they so desperately need.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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