Iraq War Veteran Compares His PTSD Score to Amber Heard's in Viral Tweet

A "disabled combat veteran" says that Amber Heard's PTSD score from her marriage to Johnny Depp is allegedly higher than his own.

The tweet, sent out by the account @KurtMyers1982, whose bio describes him as a "retired Army, homeschool dad" from Nebraska, went viral and caught the attention of thousands of people invested in the court case between Depp and Heard.

Depp and Heard are currently embroiled in a $50 million defamation suit which comes after Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018, stating that she was the survivor of domestic violence. Heard has countersued her ex-husband for $100 million.

"I am a disabled combat veteran that lost a close friend in Iraq in 2005," he tweeted on Thursday. "Amber Heard scored much higher than me on her PTSD test, according to Dr. Hughes. Evidently, being married to Johnny Depp is far more traumatic than the Iraq War." The popular hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp was included in the tweet.

Dr. Dawn Hughes and Amber Heard
Forensic psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes (L) testified during a hearing at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on May 3, 2022. She stated that Amber Heard (R) was suffering from PTSD as a result of her relationship with Johnny Depp. Jim Watson / Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP via Getty Images

The tongue-in-cheek comment references expert witness testimony given during the ongoing Depp and Heard defamation trial.

Dr. Dawn Hughes was the first witness called by Heard's legal team to testify on her behalf. The clinical and forensic psychologist diagnosed Heard with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and claimed it "interfered" with her work on the Aquaman sequel.

"Miss Heard demonstrated very clear psychological traumatic effects, or the exacerbation of trauma from those statements that Mr. Depp's attorneys made," Hughes said in court. She diagnosed Heard with PTSD allegedly caused by intimate partner violence from Depp.

The Twitter account belonging to Myers and many others in the comment section seemed to disagree with this assessment. Over 10,800 people liked Myers' dry take while 2,400 retweeted him, and hundreds of people replied. Responding to the people who interacted, Myers wrote, "Thank you all for the kind words, it was an honor to serve."

"Thank you for your service and I'm sorry for your loss and the effects you are still suffering," @Grethe1956 wrote, and added, "I'm pretty sure that Amber Heard does not have PTSD."

"It's impossible to reach her scores unless you are cheating the test. It's not designed to have a perfect score so if you score that high you cheated you are clearly faking it," another Twitter user @SchmoJosey wrote in response to Myers.

Not everyone backed the Iraq war veteran's take though.

"Sorry but no matter where you stand in this case, this is so irrelevant," @sparklinaway wrote. "Trauma is trauma. None is worse. Don't compare trauma just because you believe you had it worse. Serving in a war is super traumatic and I'm sorry about that. Thank you for your service but pls don't do this."

@code2high replied to Myers by asking, "Is it a competition? I wasn't aware of that. What my psychologist told me was that it comes down to that moment of terror. Five years is a lot of moments of terror. Being able to act, or not, also impacts outcomes. Maybe you didn't know this?"

The closing arguments in the trial are expected to take place on Friday before the jury is sent to decide their verdict. Follow the latest breaking news from the trial on Newsweek's live blog.

Newsweek reached out to Kurt Myers for further comment.