Freed Marine Hopes to ‘Decompress’ While Receiving PTSD Treatment

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is back on American soil after languishing 214 days in a Mexican prison. He is now hoping for an opportunity to “decompress” while getting much-needed treatment for his diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.

Family spokesman Jon Franks said the PTSD treatment would be the first order of business for Tahmooressi now that he has returned to the U.S. The Marine, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, landed at a South Florida airport about 6 a.m. Saturday. He flew home on a private plane with his mother and supporters, including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, following his release Friday.

“It’s set up,” Franks said. “I think he’s going to bounce back pretty quickly.”

The spokesman said at a news conference in Weston, a Fort Lauderdale suburb, that Tahmooressi and his mother were spending time together trying to figure out what’s next. “They need some time to decompress,” he said. He said the marine also wants to grab some dinner at Miami’s famous eatery Joe’s Stone Crab on South Beach.