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PTSD Marine Treated Better in New Jersey--Slammed At Tampa VA?
Target 8: VA therapist tells Marine treated for PTSD he’s only there for the drugs
WFLA Channel 8 News
August 31, 2017
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Peter Surck spent 20 years in the U.S. Marine corps, including some harrowing moments in Iraq in a bloodbath called Mosul.
He remembers his first exposure to combat was like something out of a movie. “You heard the mosque music come out and then all of a sudden sheer hell broke loose, and fire started, enemy fire just started coming out, and our guys started firing back and everybody just started shooting,” Peter recalled.
Later in Liberia, Mr. Surck and dozens of his buddies became extremely ill from anti-malaria medication. Many, including him, contracted the disease. Peter claims he still suffers side effects.
“Horrible dreams, I get tremors once in awhile, I have neurological problems,” he added.
The Navy diagnosed Peter with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Department of Veterans Affairs treated him in New Jersey for years.
Last week he attended his first therapy session at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital’s Department of Mental Health.
Shockingly, their resident therapist told Peter he didn’t have PTSD–he was only there for the drugs.