Saturday, May 28, 2016

After Three Deployments Homeless Veteran With PTSD Sits in Jail?

Mother of arrested homeless man: Son a veteran with PTSD 
Killeen Daily Herald
David A Bryant
Herald Staff Writer
May 28, 2016

“My son needs help. He doesn’t need to be locked up, he needs to be in a hospital receiving treatment,” Dianna Evens Brown.
Eric J. Shelton | Herald Dianna Brown holds a photograph of her son, Jeremy Jeremiah Arrington, on Friday at her home in Killeen. Arrington is an army veteran and suffers from severe PTSD, according to Brown. He was arrested for assault against a police officer.
The mother of a homeless man charged with assaulting a police officer Monday by the Killeen Police Department says her son is an Army veteran of Iraq and Kuwait suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dianna Evens Brown, 64, of Killeen, said her son, Jeremy Jeremiah Arrington, 31, was put on anti-psychotic drugs such as Haloperidol and Risperdal by the Army before he was medically discharged 17 months ago. The medications are used to treat schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder.

After getting the runaround from jail officials, Brown said she was given clearance from the Bell County Jail in Belton to be put on the visitor list when she told jail officials she had brought the issue to the Herald’s attention. However, she is unable to ensure he is taken care of and on his medications due to federal laws regulating release of medical information, she added.

Records show Arrington deployed to Iraq from February 2009 to January 2010 and again from July to December 2011 before being sent to Kuwait from January through June 2012. His awards include three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
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