The heart-breaking death of 24-year-old Kenneth Ellis III illustrates the significant problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for veterans and wounded soldiers returning home.
CBS affiliate KRQE-TV (channel 13) reports that Iraq War veteran Kenneth Ellis III was fatally shot on Jan. 13 in Albuquerque, N.M. Police said he was brandishing a gun and refused to put it down and a police officer fatally shot him.
The local VA hospital and Kenneth Ellis’s family have confirmed that the disabled veteran victim had suffered PTSD as a result of his time spent in combat overseas. Officials are reviewing the courses of treatment that Ellis received in response to his PTSD symptoms.
PTSD is common among veterans of combat. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are often debilitating and can include:
- Intrusive memories
- Relationship difficulties
- Hyper-emotional arousal
Veterans with PTSD may be entitled to receive Veterans’ Disability Compensation. Those who have served our country and suffered injury in the course of their service should be treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.
If you are a disabled veteran suffering from PTSD, depression, or a TBI, and you are fighting the VA to get disability compensation, contact Veterans Help Group – a disability rights law firm based in Florida and Georgia.