Gold Coast Bulletin
March 29, 2016
“Once I hit the top that’s when my PTSD really took over and it took all my strength not to take the easy way out and leave it all behind me,” he said.A HIKER slammed as “unfit” after being winched by helicopter from Mt Warning is a two-tour Afghanistan war hero who says he froze because of a post traumatic stress disorder meltdown.
The 38-year-old, 115kg army veteran, who did two tours for the Australian Defence Force in the Middle East, said he was crippled by a wave of “anxiety” when he reached the mountain’s 1159m peak around 4.30pm on Easter Monday.
Rescue crews were called and 20 men were deployed to get Aaron “Dogga” to safety.
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