What Happened to the Marlboro Marine?

His photo was on the front page of more than 150 newspapers and was one of the most memorable images of Iraq war. What happened next?

He was medically discharged with a "personality disorder" exactly one year after this picture made worldwide news and is currently receiving care for PTSD. The Los Angeles Times covers the story in a 2-part series:

Two lives blurred together by a photo
Rescue operation aims to save a wounded warrior
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The Marlboro Marine: Reaching out from behind the camera. Omaha World-Herald.
Posttraumatic stress disorder from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Image source: The Los Angeles Times.

1 comment:

  1. I am surprised that he was dismissed with a diagnosis of a personality disorder and I wonder which. Obviously, if he had a PD, this means that it was there before joining the army if we are to follow the definitions of both the ICD10 and DSMIVTR. How could the army shrinks missed this? Aren't they using a diagnosis of PTSD now because it is less damming? I would like to hear your thoughts.