Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Austin Veteran Getting Help For PTSD After Standoff

Marine vet seeks treatment for PTSD after acquittal in officer involved shooting trial 
By Calily Bien
Published: March 9, 2015
“It’s time for the Austin Police Department to evolve it’s mental health approach in dealing with citizens with mental health in this community,” explains Davis. Vela agrees adding “I think it sends a message, whether they hear it and do anything about it, I don’t know.”
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Less than one week after being found not guilty by a Travis County jury on charges of assaulting a police officer, Marine veteran Gene Vela says he will check himself into a Veteran Affairs clinic in Temple on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with KXAN’s Sally Hernandez, Vela, 31, says he’ll be getting treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Treatment was something he was trying to do for months before he was shot three times by Austin police during a stand-off in November 2013, the day before Veteran’s Day.
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