PTSD contributed to veteran’s bank robbery


A North Dakota veteran has been sentenced to three years in prison after robbing a credit union at gunpoint.

Denver Lee Tergesen, 24, robbed the First Community Credit Union last December 18 and stole 10,000 from the bank. According to a Fargo news station, Tergesen’s service in the Iraq war and resulting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was taken into account when calculating his sentence for the robbery.

Some argue that the sentence was too light, but some psychologists who are experts on PTSD believe that his actions are a “direct result” of the disorder which is common to many men and women returning from Iraq/Afghanistan.

If you are experiencing mental health problems that you think might be symptomatic of PTSD, get help. Contact the VA or a private mental health professional and get treatment for this debilitating illness.

If you are a veteran and suffering from PTSD and fighting the VA to get disability compensation, contact the veteran rights law firm of Veterans Help Group.