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Update on Veteran

POSTED: 10:00 AM ET, 12/11/2007 by The Editors

Army 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside, who was recently profiled by Post reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull, has received good news: an Army hearing officer has recommended that she should not face a court-martial for attempting suicide and endangering another soldier while in Iraq.

Whiteside, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, should be allowed "to end her military service and receive the benefits that she will desperately need for the remainder of her life," said Maj. Mervin H. Steals, the officer assigned to conduct a preliminary hearing. His decision will be passed along to an officer who has jurisdiction over the matter and can accept or reject the recommendation.

Whiteside suffered a mental breakdown earlier this year, waving a gun and threatening others before she fired a shot into her stomach. She faces the possibility of life in prison if she is tried and convicted. Her story was part of the Post's ongoing coverage of the treatment of veterans at Walter Reed.

By The Editors |  December 11, 2007; 10:00 AM ET Walter Reed
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Please write to your congress people to try to get support for Elizabeth Whiteside.

Posted by: KV | December 12, 2007 9:17 AM

This matter is far from over. There are two additional officers who will be providing their opinions to the Army courts prior to a final decision being made relative to Elizabeth's fate. Please continue to take action in support of her situation. Your efforts will not only make a difference in her case, but in the case of all of our troops returning with PTSD and other psychological problems. They dedicated their lives to representing and protecting us, they deserve our immediate and ongoing attention and support.

Posted by: Tammie Fehn | December 12, 2007 2:57 PM

Thank you for reporting on this.

Posted by: BJ Stewart | December 19, 2007 10:52 AM

"They dedicated their lives to representing and protecting us, they deserve our immediate and ongoing attention and support."

Did she protect her fellow Soldiers lives with acts of kidnapping and aggravated assault? She should not be honorably discharged as here actions were not honorable. What if you, or your sons or daughters were on the other end of that gun she was wielding? Victims of crimes are entitled to justice and there should be consequences for her actions.

Posted by: Bob | January 2, 2008 2:19 PM

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