Michael Prysner is a veteran of the war in Iraq and an anti-war activist
August 30th, 2011 1:25 AM
Demand justice for SSG Jared Hagemann
By Michael Prysner
Staff Sergeant Jared Hagemann, an Army Ranger in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Lewis, Wash., was found on June 28 at a training area on base with a gunshot wound to the head. He was suffering from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and had been trying desperately to avoid a pending deployment to Afghanistan—what would be his 9th combat tour. He was 26-years-old, with a wife and two young children.
In 2005, SSG Hagemann came home from his first combat tour with both psychological trauma and reservations about the war he had just been a part of.
His wife, Ashley Joppa-Hagemann, said that when he returned from that first tour: “He was quiet, and wouldn’t look people in the eye. He wanted to remain hidden; he didn’t want to be around people.”