Justice for Clay: A True Story Of The Cruel And Unusual Punishment Of A Brain Damaged Veteran

Commentary by Megan Barth.

Clayton “Clay” John App is a 33 year old, 7 year veteran of the US Army who served two tours in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. A soldier who returned home from the war with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and who now sits in the General Population of a Florida state prison serving an 18 month sentence for selling $200 of drugs to a confidential informant.  This wounded warrior is my cousin and this is Clay’s story.  

Clay was always a bright, beautiful child. Following in his grandfather’s military footsteps, he joined the Army in 2005. As a testament to his intelligence, Clay was offered Honor Guard three times, yet turned it down because “he wanted to go Airborne.”  Clay was part of the first surge in Iraq, deployed in January 2007, and sent to Sadr City, aka Hell on Earth. Hell on Earth was his…



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