Sgt. Tom Adamski was sure he was going to die when both of his parachutes failed during a 1972 training jump with the 82nd Airborne Division.
He survived, but the trauma of the jump grips him to this day. Adamski was honorably discharged in 1973, but attempts at treatment failed, and his undiagnosed post-traumatic stress left him unable to work.
Thus began a multi-decade battle to put a name on his psychological pain and get his Army records changed. The battle culminated in a November decision by the Army to grant him a medical retirement