Federal government agrees to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former US Border Patrol agent who said his assignment in Texas triggered post-traumatic stress disorder from his war service
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who said his assignment in Texas triggered post-traumatic stress disorder from his war service.
Anthony Gazvoda wanted a transfer to the U.S.-Canada border in northern Michigan, his native state, but his request was rejected. He sued the government in 2015, arguing that an accommodation was reasonable.
Gazvoda’s attorney, Jason Turkish, says a settlement was reached earlier this month, weeks before a trial in federal court in Bay City, Michigan.
In 2011, Gazvoda found that the culture and environment in Laredo, Texas, reminded him of his time in Afghanistan and triggered PTSD.
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In court filings, the government said there was no guarantee that a transfer would protect Gazvoda from PTSD.