The mortar shell that wrecked Chuck Luther’s life exploded at the base of the guard tower. Luther heard the brief whistling, followed by a flash of fire, a plume of smoke and a deafening bang that shook the tower and threw him to the floor. The Army sergeant’s head slammed against the concrete, and he lay there in the Iraqi heat, his nose leaking clear fluid.
Sergeant Chuck Luther was wounded by mortar fire, then held in a closet for over a month until he signed papers saying he suffered from “personality disorder.”
Joshua Kors and Luther testified this morning before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Kors described Luther’s testimony: “Medal-winning sergeant Chuck Luther described for the committee how he was tortured by the U.S. Army. Luther provided graphic details of his month confined to a closet at Camp Taji, Iraq, where he was pressed to sign fraudulent documents saying his mortar fire wounds were caused by a pre-existing ‘personality disorder.'” Attributing injuries to “personality disorders” saves the military money in disability benefits and keeps casualty figures down. Added Kors: “Chairman Bob Filner (D-Calif.) referred to Luther’s treatment as ‘torture.’ The ranking Republican, Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), stormed out of the hearing.”
Kors states that “over 22,000 soldiers have been discharged with ‘personality disorder’ since 2001.”
Listen to Kors and Luther in a recent BBC interview