Paratrooper’s PTSD Struggle Acknowledged at Long Last

More than four decades after a standard parachute jump turned into a near-death experience, former Sgt. Tom Adamski has finally received what he wanted from the Army – acknowledgement.

Army Times tells Adamski’s story about his battle with post-traumatic stress, which he claims developed in the wake of a 1972 training jump on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

After 43 years of wrestling with the claim – and the memories of his ordeal – Adamski stands to receive a medical retirement from the Army and nearly 43 years worth of back pay, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

While this is a good news story for Tom Adamski, it may set a precedent for thousands of other veterans, opening the Department of Defense up to claims stretching back decades.