23 April 2009
Family of PTSD victim who allegedly committed suicide seek compensation
The family of a woman suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who was found dead recently are seeking compensation.
Chanice Ward is believed to have taken her life while in her caravan in Barford.
She had joined the army at the age of 17 and developed PTSD - which is a condition caused by extremely distressing or frightening events - after her experiences in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Ms Ward, who was 29 when she died, had been discharged from the army against her wishes and was pursuing a case for compensation from the Ministry of Defence.
Her father, Ivor Ward, said the payout claim was ongoing and the family could still receive compensation.
Before her death, Ms Ward had said: "It was only when I was diagnosed that I realised that my experiences had triggered the illness," the Norwich Evening News reported.
She added: "I know the army has finally admitted that there is such a thing as PTSD, but I'm slightly bitter that they did not help me."