update on Jeff Hanks
deployment date was postponed. Now we know why.
Overwhelmed by the pressure and anxiety of his pending
deployment that night, Jeff had a mental break-down on Sunday
He is now receiving care at a civilian mental health facility
where he will be for at least the next ten days. The Hanks' are
feeling more optimistic about Jeff's care now that he is out of
the Army's reach and getting in-patient treatment by civilians.
relieved that Jeff was not deployed given the state of his
But we are outraged that it had to go this far.
Let us be clear - the U.S. Army command at Fort Campbell,
specifically Captain Jason Ambrosino, pushed this soldier to the
brink. And they need to be held accountable.
We know that
emails to Cpt. Ambrosino are having an effect. To date his
inbox has been flooded with over 2,400 messages, letting him
know that people from around the country are monitoring his
actions closely. (After about the 1500th email, it appears that
he has set up an auto-reply message referring people to the
Public Affairs Office at Fort Campbell.) He also is required to
respond within 15 days to the Article 138 redress request we
submitted charging him with various violations of Jeff's rights.
Army officials at Fort Campbell are remaining quiet about what
Jeff could face when he returns from the hospital. They could
choose to punish him for going AWOL back in October. They could
try to discharge him without any benefits. They even could set
a new deployment date.
preparing to increase the pressure should Jeff's commanders take
such negative action, but first we need to give Jeff and his
family a little space and time for Jeff to get the care that he
them in your thoughts and prayers. We will keep you informed as
soon as there are new ways to take action.
Jeff is one of thousands of soldiers right now who are being
forced into combat despite suffering from serious mental health
The Army is denying treatment to soldiers in Jeff's situation
every single day. That is what the Operation Recovery campaign
aims to stop. Over the next few months, we will be sending
outreach teams to military bases with high rates of suicide,
letting GIs know that they have the right to heal and holding
those accountable who are denying that right.
Your support is what makes this work possible.
Recovery Campaign Team