Hearing Begins for Staff Sgt. Bales: What really happened to this soldier?


The hearings have begun for U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales who has been accused of a mass killing of Afghanistan civilians. The issues which may confound Sgt. Bales’ legal matter still pertains to his potential PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury and his possible intoxication at the time of the alleged event. I had written an earlier blog about Sgt. Bales and the possibility of the effects of the war on his psychological state  as well as some indicators of exposure to events which are associated with multiple concussions or multiple mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI). Now, with the hearings starting, the questions arise of what may caused Sgt. Bales’ problems will need to come to the forefront.

As we know that undiagnosed brain injury can account for personality and behavior changes and PTSD can complicate and deeply disrupt a person’s ability to function. Was Sgt. Bales given appropriate diagnostic evaluations and assessments following a battlefield injury and his potential exposure to multiple explosions and his psychological exposure to warfare? The charges against Sgt. Bales carry a potential death penalty. We want to know what really happened to Sgt. Bales.

Click here to read the NY Times story about the hearing:



Tag lines: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, multiple concussions, brain injury among soldiers, Robert Bales

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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