Operation Recovery

The Fort Hood Testimony Report

Substance Abuse

“(My Commander) said, in front of my counselor, with me in the room, ‘If you had not been drinking that night, you would never have been raped. It is your fault, because you were drinking.’…Nothing was done according to regulation..Honestly, it makes me realize why so many victims do not report.”

Read the full testimony of Rebekah Lampman, US Army veteran, Broadcast Journalist


“After 12 months, he calls me and he’s like, ‘That’s it, I can’t do it anymore.’ He’s on the verge of tears he’s so emotional and stressed. And that’s when I started fighting for him. I went and talked to the battalion sergeant major and it was the worst experience of my life up to this day.”

Read the full testimony of Cynthia Thomas, Former spouse of service-member, Soldier advocate

“I wanted to tell my doctor, ‘These drugs don’t feel good. I don’t want to take these any more, but I don’t know if I can just stop. Or is this a normal feeling? Are the first few days always kind of crazy?’ And I can’t get ahold of him. I don’t have his number. I had to make an appointment for another month out.”

Read the full testimony of Ryan Holleran, US Army veteran, Infantry


“The drinking made it worse, and worse. And then, it got so bad that I really couldn’t even do anything but sit there. Some nights I would just cry all night. It was horrible.”

Read the full testimony of Jake Leighton *, active duty US Army, Infantry


“From the time I said, ‘I want to get out,’ until the time I got home to the VA, I didn’t get any treatment. Alls I got was drugs.”

Read the full testimony of Curtis Sirmans, US Army veteran, Cavalry Scout


“In no way am I proud of any of my deployments anymore. I absolutely think that every single deployment I went on did more harm than good—without question.”

Read the full testimony of Brandon Harris *, US Army veteran, Military Police, NCO