The PTSD Defense: Will It Work?

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Thousands of active duty service members and returning veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Treatment and early recognition of PTSD within the military has increasingly become a priority, but violent events -- like the recent 16-person massacre in Afghanistan -- still occur. We discuss the role PTSD will play in legal defenses of soldiers accused of violent crimes, and examine what can be done to help soldiers with mental health issues.


Major Evan Seamone, chief of military justice at Fort Benning, Georgia and a former defense attorney who has represented PTSD clients

Harriet Zeiner, director of the Palo Alto Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention Clinic, an outpatient clinic at Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care Services

Amy Fairweather, policy director for Swords to Plowshares

Ben Sykes, former soldier suffering from PTSD

Kyndra Rotunda, associate professor of military and international law at Chapman University, lecturer at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law