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Iraq War Vet's Case Decided

Saturday, April 2, 2005; Page A14

An Iraq war veteran who faced court-martial when he sought civilian treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder was found not guilty yesterday of conduct unbecoming an officer, military officials said.

But First Lt. Jullian P. Goodrum, an Army reservist, was found guilty of fraternization and will forfeit half of his pay for two months as punishment, officials said. He and a female sergeant allegedly had prohibited relations in 2003 during their prewar mobilization and deployment into the Iraq war.

Jullian P. Goodrum

Goodrum's case was heard yesterday at Fort McNair before Maj. Gen. Galen B. Jackman, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

Last month, Jackman dismissed the court-martial case against Goodrum -- a case that raised the ire of activists for veterans. Goodrum was profiled in the Style section of The Washington Post in November.

He had faced the court-martial and a dishonorable discharge because he checked himself into a civilian psychiatric hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., in November 2003 after his home base at Fort Knox, Ky., turned him away in the throes of an emotional breakdown.

In place of the court-martial charge for going absent without leave, Jackman downgraded it to "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman."

Goodrum, 34, of Knoxville, is being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

-- Lynne Duke

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