“I will break your f—ing face”

A written statement from John Needham, who suffers from PTSD, describing an encounter with an officer at Fort Carson.

Topics: Coming home: The Army's fatal neglect,

Needham in his Humvee in Iraq around August 2007, a month prior to his suicide attempt.

Needham on patrol in Iraq.

Needham on patrol in Iraq.

After being diagnosed with PTSD, John Needham was sent back to the U.S., and eventually to Fort Carson. He was greeted at Denver International Airport by Georg-Andreas Pogany, at the time an investigator for the advocacy organization Veterans for America. [Photo by Michael de Yoanna]

Mark Benjamin is a national correspondent for Salon based in Washington, D.C. Read his other articles here.

Michael de Yoanna is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who won an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative radio journalism in 2011. You can view his past work at Salon here, visit his personal website here, and follow him on Twitter @mdy1.

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