Iraq Vet in Pennsylvania Murders......

Originally posted, 2009-04-19 07:40:19 -0500, bumped by carol. Checking out recent comments, I realized that this commentary had been overlooked. Thanks to Dadanation for his comment. I'm going to add a comment from an email that came to me today. A crucial vote on Health Care comes up today in the Senate, to do  with the rules.

Was Radically Changed by War and PTSD


PTSD sufferers can't always leave the war behind.


Sergeant Nicholas Horner and his Wife Tragedy and war-inspired Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can meet like a head on crash when the nation's care providers at the Veterans Administration, notorious for lies and deceit, deny our combat veterans the care they need.


This story of deadly, senseless shootings in Altoona, Pennsylvania April 6th is possibly the most tragic story I have ever reported, and if it isn't, it is among the very worst.



A close friend of Nick's, Tina Zahurak, wrote to asking if I would pay attention to this case and help people understand how this veteran was part of the system that is designed to, yet fails to, adequately treat the unique and varying needs of combat vets.


She wrote, "This man was a good man, not a monster or murderer. He saw and was involved in situations that he should've never been in. This is the other side of PTSD, the dark side, the side where one is not treated suitably and fell through the cracks. I was hoping that maybe you or somebody could share his story, so those victims he killed and injured did not die in vain."



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A short list of reading materials I posted recently


That some may find very helpful, others should find to be useful in the educational quality of understanding and research, and not only for combat veterans but civilian suffers of:


I Can Still Hear Their Cries, Even In My Sleep: A Journey Into PTSD


Veterans's PTSD Handbook: How to File and Collect on Claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle against America's Veterans


Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles


After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families


Life After Deployment: Military families share reunion stories and advice


Moving A Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America's Returning Troops


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This website is dedicated to helping Sgt. Nicholas Horner and all other soldiers who are slipping through the cracks of our military system. This story is a tragedy from all angles and our mission is to show you Sgt. Horner's. After 3 deployments to Iraq, Nick, a highly decorated war veteran, came back a changed man. He was officially diagnosed with PTSD yet he had to fight to get any kind of treatment for it. Sadly, many of our soldiers are not getting the mental help that they desperately need. Doctors in the military are being told not to diagnose PTSD in an effort to deny our soldiers benefits. Because of this, soldiers are being released back into society with severe problems. In Nick's case, he knew that he needed help and he actively sought help. However, he was told he simply had an anxiety disorder. Yet this was so severe that the army discharged him early, even sending him home from Iraq.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Redeployment sparks many suicides


The number of soldier suicides this year is most likely due to the redeployment of soldiers with psychiatric illnesses, a U.S. researcher says.


David Rudd, Texas Tech University professor and author "Interpersonal Theory of Suicide," said the more a person is exposed to violence or death, the more that person loses anxiety about death. This specifically applies to soldiers living in a war zone because the interaction with death makes it more probable that these people will kill themselves when they get depressed or anxious. >>>>>Rest Here


As many as 13 soldier suicides in March


As many as 13 soldiers are believed to have killed themselves in March, bringing the number of reported soldier suicides this year to 56, officials announced April 10.


None of the March cases under investigation have been confirmed, but about 90 percent of deaths involved in such investigations typically are ruled to be suicides.


The March total marks a decrease in suicides compared with the first two months of the year.


As many as 24 suicides were reported in January, but on March 4 officials removed one case because it was determined that the soldier was no longer on active duty when he died. Of the 23 remaining cases, 14 are confirmed suicides; nine are pending a determination. >>>>>Rest Here


"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

jimstaro -- not by you but by the callous, uncaring and seemingly identical treatment our vets are receiving regardless of the party in power in the white house. the more things seemed to have changed, the more they seem to have remained the same.


PTSD is no laughing matter, not in the least bit.  yet for some reason trained professionals are willing to not just make light of the issue but to also discredit their oath and their training and their humanity and condemn thousands of vets to a life that is marked by triggers, nightmares, pain and depression.  deplorable.


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