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Sarge's new lease on life

Original post made on Jan 18, 2011

Former Army Ranger Sargent Binkley is well on his way to a new life since he robbed a Mountain View Walgreens five years ago for painkillers to numb his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and pain from a hip injury.



Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 1:18 PM

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Posted by Litsa
a resident of Gemello
on Jan 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

That is just crazy.


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Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Litsa: What is just crazy? The story? Mr. Binkley? Please explain your comment.


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Posted by Vet with PTSD
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

How can this story still have legs. This guy's PTSD IS NOTHING compared to soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He is hardly a poster boy and should be ashamed of himself and the way he disgraced West Point, the Rangers and the Army--none of which he was cut out for.


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Posted by Sabrina
a resident of The Crossings
on Jan 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I don't think that you can say that someone's PTSD is "worse" than someone else's PTSD. I have no idea what events the "Vet" is referencing, and am highly doubtful that most other people reading this article will, either. However, I am very aware of the issue of veterans returning home with PTSD and often committing suicide or living with a nightmarish existence. I am glad that at least one example is getting press coverage in our local news. Tragic.


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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Jan 19, 2011 at 9:35 am

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

This comment is from a duplicate thread, which is now closed:

I knew Sargent Binkley while on staff at Los Altos High School and at the time he was applying to West Point. He was a good student and I am so pleased that he has received the help he needs after serving his country. He is on his way to a good career and I wish him the best.
by Pat Osborne Jan 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 19, 2011 at 10:06 am

There are lots of comments on this duplicate thread, which is now closed:

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Posted by Army Vet
a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

"I enjoy it [his new job] to a degree," he added. "If anyone is telling you they like their work they are lying," he laughed.

That alone should tell you something about this character. He just beat an armed robbery charge using a Twinkie defense, and wham, all of a sudden he's sane and back to his old self. He'll make one hec of a lawyer, that's for sure. If he were smart, he'd be a lot more humble and keep his trap shut and fade into the background.

He was dishonorably discharged from the Army as an officer. That is a pretty hard thing to do. He used PTSD at the expense of those truly suffering from it.

I served in Honduras around the same time as Binkley, and know many guys who served both there and in Bosnia. About the worst thing you could come back with from either place is a native bride--happens a lot. But PTSD? Give me a break. And it's a well-know fact that many soldiers CLAIM PTSD so they can boost their VA claim for compensation.


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Posted by Grateful for our soldiers
a resident of another community
on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

I don't think we need to judge one another on the subject of PTSD or even judge a soldier for that matter, especially "whose is worse" and "that is all he had." Really??? Everyone is different and they handle situations different. Being a soldier in war itself is a major life changing experience for soldiers and for their family who they come back to. I think if you are a soldier no matter what situation you come out of war with. If you are a soldier you have served our country to the fullest and we should be grateful for those who have served, who are serving, and who will serve for our country. We need to respect soldiers in general, everyone has their own story when they come out of war, your story maybe different "a Vet with PTSD." A war is a war things happen and we just need to respect that everyone has their own story. Thank you soldiers for what you have done, what you are doing, and what you will be doing. GOD blessed USA!


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Posted by DCS
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Glad to read about the update on this young man, I wish him the very best in his future.