Nov 1, 2010 8:32 PM
Sgt. Francisco Carrillo Jr. says, "I feel hurt. They call me a liar." Sgt. Francisco Carrillo Jr. has served in the National Guard for 18 years. As part of his duty, he was deployed in 2004 to Iraq for an 11 month tour. When he returned in 2005, he says he began suffering from nightmares, flashbacks, and anxiety attacks. He began drinking heavily to ease his pain. He chose not to disclose that he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, for fear of what the military response would be.
Francisco says, "as soon as I mentioned the symptoms that I had, that's when the national guard slapped me with discharge papers." Not only would he be discharged but also forced to pay all medical expenses affiliated with his PTSD. On top of that, his full time job as a supply technician, would be terminated unless the military acknowledged his impairment with a medical discharge.
Francisco says, "it really makes me angry that they would discredit my 18 years of service." Including disregarding his combat action badge for his service in Iraq. Although seven different doctors have confirmed the fact Carrillo has PTSD, the military is not convinced, and has even diagnosed him with fictitious disorder.
Casey, Francisco's wife says, "if they truly had to acknowledge all the numbers of veterans that had it, it would be astounding." Carrillo is now being forced to make a tough decision when his enlistment ends on November 24th. He either stays with the National Guard in hopes that he doesn't get deployed, or he makes the decision to walk away losing his job and all acknowledgement that he served. "It's a struggle emotionally everyday to just live life," Francisco says.
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