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Wounded IDF veteran dies by suicide; family says ministry refused to recognize PTSD

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An injured Israel Defense Forces veteran who struggled to get officials to recognize that his mental health issues were related to his service died by suicide on Sunday.

Itzik Chen, 48, was injured in a parachuting accident in 1992 and was recognized as having physical disabilities by the Defense Ministry, but he was unable to get assistance for mental health issues.

His applications for aid and recognition of the mental illness he suffered in the years following his service were rejected on multiple occasions, both by the ministry and the courts, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

Chen had served as a paratrooper in Lebanon and in the West Bank and his family said he was a sniper who also carried out undercover operations.

His sister Sigalit Katsav told Kan that Chen was severely traumatized by his service.

“At the time, we did not understand what post-trauma is; we did not talk about this issue. He said that Hezbollah knew what he had done in Lebanon and that they were pursuing him. He fought in Nablus and his friend was slaughtered and Itzik saw everything. He was a sniper and worked undercover, and........

© The Times of Israel

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