Medal of Honor recipient talks about mental health treatment

Medal of Honor recipient talks about mental health treatment


SALLY:THIS MORNING – WE’RE FOCUSING ON TREATING WHAT’S CALLED THE “INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR” – MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES LIKE PTSD.JOINING US THIS MORNING IS MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT SGT. KYLE WHITE. SGT. WHITE – YOU WERE IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2007 WHEN YOUR PLATOON CAME UNDER ATTACK. PLATOON CAME 2007 WHEN YOUR AFGHANISTAN IN WERE IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2007 WHEN YOUR PLATOON CAME UNDER ATTACK. TELL US WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU. AFTER THE ATTACK AND BEFORE YOU CAME HOME- DID YOU RECEIVE MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENTWHAT HAPPENED TO YOU WHEN YOU RETURNED HOME?YOU ARE GOING TO KILEEN LATER TODAY – WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO?ON NOV. 8, 2007, MEMBERS OF 1ST PLATOON, CHOSEN COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503RD INFANTRY REGIMENT, 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE, HEADQUARTERED AT COMBAT OUTPOST BELLA, PREPARED FOR MOVEMENT TO THE VILLAGE OF ARANAS, AFGHANISTAN, FOR A SHURA MEETING WITH VILLAGE ELDERS. THERE HAD BEEN LITTLE COMMUNICATION WITH THE VILLAGE AFTER THEIR SUSPECTED COLLUSION ON A MAJOR ATTACK MONTHS EARLIER ON COMBAT OUTPOST RANCH HOUSE – A FORMER AMERICAN POST SITUATED ON THE MOUNTAIN OVERLOOKING THE LARGE VILLAGE, THAT RESULTED IN ELEVEN WOUNDED AND THE CLOSURE OF THE OUT-POST.MOVING UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS, THE 14 AMERICANS AND APPROXIMATELY ONE SQUAD OF AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY, OR ANA, SOLDIERS, MADE FOR THE AMERICAN-BUILT SCHOOLHOUSE IN THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE, WHERE THEY WOULD BUNK FOR THE NIGHT.UPON DAYBREAK, THE AMERICANS AND THEIR ANA COUNTERPARTS PREPARED FOR THE MEETING AT THE MOSQUE. THE VILLAGERS DELAYED THE MEETING – SAYING THE ELDERS WERE PRAYING – FOR SEVERAL HOURS UNTIL FINALLY BEGINNING IN THE AFTERNOON, AROUND 1- 1:30 P.M.VILLAGER TURNOUT FOR THE SHURA WAS UNUSUALLY LARGE. THERE WERE MORE QUESTIONS AND VILLAGER ENGAGEMENT THAN THE AMERICANS HAD EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST. AT FIRST, TEAM MEMBERS WERE HOPEFUL ABOUT THE LEVEL OF INTEREST FROM THE VILLAGE MALES. THEN, THE MARINE EMBEDDED TRAINING TEAM MEMBER, SGT. PHILLIP A. BOCKS, ALERTED LEADERSHIP THAT HIS INTERPRETER WAS HEARING RADIO CHATTER IN A LANGUAGE HE DIDN’T RECOGNIZE. BOCKS ADVISED THE PLATOON LEADER, THEN-1ST LT. MATTHEW C. FERRARA, IT WAS BEST TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY.SEVERAL VILLAGERS FOLLOWED THE UNIT ON THEIR TEN TO TWENTY MINUTE TREK UP THE MOUNTAIN TO THE SHALLOW MOUNTAINSIDE TRAIL BACK TO COMBAT OUTPOST BELLA. NO SOONER DID THE FOLLOWERS BREAK-OFF TO THE RIDGE ABOVE, DID THE RIDGELINES ECHO WITH ACCURATE SMALL ARMS FIRE. THE ENEMY INITIATED A THREE-PRONGED ATTACK, SIMULTANEOUSLY HITTING THE PATROL FROM ARANAS, THE SCOUTS PROVIDING OVER WATCH OF THE PATROL ON THE RIDGE TO THE SOUTHEAST, AND THEIR HOME COMBAT OUTPOST BELLA.CARRYING A FULLY-AUTOMATIC M4A1 RIFLE, SPC. KYLE WHITE EMPTIED HIS MAGAZINE IN THE DIRECTION OF SUSPECTED AND KNOWN ENEMY TARGETS. AFTER WHITE DROPPED HIS MAGAZINE AND CLICKED THE NEXT 30-ROUND MAGAZINE INTO HIS WEAPON, AN ENEMY ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE DETONATED NEAR HIS LOCATION, KNOCKING HIM UNCONSCIOUS.AFTER MORE THAN FOUR HOURS, THE THREE-PRONGED ATTACK ON CHOSEN COMPANY ENDED WITH THE LOSS OF SIX AMERICAN LIVES, AND MANY WOUNDED. SPC. KYLE WHITE EXHIBITED EXTRAORDINARY PERSONAL BRAVERY DISTINGUISHING HIMSELF ABOVE HIS COMRADES. HE TOOK CHARGE OF HIS ELEMENT, ARRANGED SECURITY AND PROVIDED CRITICAL AID TO WOUNDED SOLDIERS IN TERRAIN THAT PROVIDED VERY LITTLE COVER OR CONCEALMENT. WHITE EXHIBITED EXTRAORDINARY DISREGARD FOR HIS OWN SAFETY BY EXPOSING HIMSELF NUMEROUS TIMES TO EFFECTIVE AND ACCURATE FIRE, PROVIDING AID TO TWO COALITION SOLDIERS, DESPITE BEING WOUNDED HIM SELF SAVING THE LIFE OF ONE SOLDIER. HIS ABILITY TO TAKE COMMAND AND CONTROL OF THE SITUATION AND RENDER CRITICAL SITUATION REPORTS TO HIS HIGHER COMMAND ALSO ENABLED CLOSE AIR SUPPORT AND CLOSE COMBAT AIR TO DISRUPT THE ENEMY ATTACK, ALLOWING FOR THE SUCCESSFUL EVACUATION OF ALL WOUNDED AND FALLEN PERSONNEL FROM HIS LOCATION. LOCATION.FROM HIS WOUNDED AND EVACUATION OF ALL SUCCESSFUL ENEMY ATTACK, TO DISRUPT THE CLOSE COMBAT AIR ENABLED CLOSE AIR COMMAND ALSO SITUATION REPORTS RENDER CRITICAL THE SITUATION AND AND CONTROL OF TO TAKE COMMAND AND CONTROL OF THE SITUATION AND RENDER CRITICAL SITUATION REPORTS TO HIS HIGHER COMMAND ALSO ENABLED CLOSE AIR SUPPORT AND CLOSE COMBAT AIR TO DISRUPT THE ENEMY ATTACK, ALLOWING FOR THE SUCCESSFUL EVACUATION OF ALL WOUNDED AND FALLEN PERSONNEL FROM HIS LOCATION.

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