Someone sent us an article late last month about Wesley Baxley, in Oklahoma. he was looking for someone to donate money so he could go pick up an Irish Wolfhound service dog that he needed for the PTSD that he caught in boot camp;
“Men and women who have PTSD, they lose jobs and they don’t know what’s going on,” said Baxley. “They lose family. I mean men and women that don’t understand, they leave them.”
Baxley says that’s exactly what happened to him. And it was actually a chance encounter at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City that introduced him to Operation Wolfhound , a group that provides psychiatric service dogs to veterans with PTSD.
“I saw a man with a service dog and it was an Irish wolfhound,” said Baxley. “I went up to him and started talking with him and he said ‘Yeah I have PTSD.'”
Baxley said that chance encounter not only changed his life, but gave him hope. He joined the United States Marine Corp. right after high school. But he, like so many others, now suffers from PTSD due to trauma he says he endured during boot camp.
“It’s real, I mean it’s nothing to be played with and it won’t [ever] go away,” said Baxley. “So it’s just been hard not just on me but my family as well.”
So, I guess we all caught the PTS in boot camp or basic training, or whatever you want to call it. But that’s about all Wesley did was go to boot camp, according to his FOIA:
It looks like he never left Camp Lejeune, although he does have a Sea Service Ribbon, but he did 2 1/2 years of active service and no Reserve time, so it looks like his PTS got him booted from the Marines. Of course, he’s probably qualified for VA treatment, but his whole attitude demeans those who truly have PTS and he’s taking a dog away from a real wounded vet, because some drill instructor yelled at him once.
Category: Phony soldiers