Joshua Eisenhauer is a U.S. soldier who suffered severe and debilitating wounds while serving in Afghanistan. Joshua now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a direct result of those injuries and his combat experiences in Afghanistan.
The PTSD has caused Joshua to have flashbacks on multiple occasions, including the night of January 13, 2012 when members of the Fayetteville, North Carolina Police Department came to his apartment in response to a complaint. When the police tried to forcibly enter the apartment, Joshua instinctively resisted, believing that he was under attack in Afghanistan. Although no one was injured in that confrontation, the District Attorney in Fayetteville is prosecuting a criminal complaint against Joshua and has been holding him in jail since January 13.
At the time of that incident, Joshua was a member of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg, where he was being treated and counselled by the Army. Therefore, Joshua’s family and attorney have urged the Army to take jurisdiction over Joshua’s case so that he continues to receive treatment while awaiting trial before a military tribunal.
The pre-trial process under the military judicial system takes far less time to complete than the process in the North Carolina courts. Additionally, a military tribunal will constitute a trial by Joshua’s peers. Unlike a civilian court, the judges and jurors of a military tribunal will be familiar with issues related to PTSD and other traumatic combat injuries. Further, under military jurisdiction, Josh will be able to receive both medical and mental health care. Currently, his medical care is negligent and mental health care is non-existent.
However, the Army has failed to assume responsibility for Joshua’s case and is allowing it to proceed in the North Carolina courts. Consequently, Joshua and his family perceive that the Army has abandoned him and deprived him of the medical and emotional support which he requires and deserves.
Please request the Army to accept responsibility for handling the case of a soldier who served his nation well and now needs help in dealing with the lingering effects of his wounds.
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