Military Suicide: The War Within

Brave New Foundation: In Their Boots Episode 23

Topic: Military Suicide Featuring: The War Within: Chapter 1

Originally Aired on December 3rd, 2008 and Will Continue on December 10th, 2008

The War Within

A Marine Reservist seeks help from the Veterans Administration to heal his invisible wounds. But like too many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, his condition worsens, his medical needs go un-met, and he ultimately takes his own life. For the past four years, his family has been advocating to prevent other veterans from experiencing a similar fate.


Joyce Lucey

Jeffrey's Mother

Kevin Lucey

Jeffrey's Father

Dr. Judith Broder

Director The Soldiers Project

Jeff Lucey

Jeffrey Lucey joined the US Marine Corps Reserves in December 1999 while attending Holyoke Community College. He was 18 years old. Three years later he was driving a convoy through the desert during the initial invasion of Iraq. While he returned home physically unscathed, Jeff was mortally wounded, suffering from PTSD/combat operational stress. "Jeffrey slept little, ate little, was restless, hyper-vigilant, confused, angry, and frustrated," say his parents, Kevin and Joyce Lucey. "[He was] isolated in his mind, wracked with guilt, sadness, depression, rage; he was panicked, desperate, hopeless, overwhelmed, and full of rage, wanting to talk and yet at the same time wanting to be silent." Jeffrey went to the VA twice for help, but didn't get the care he needed. On June 22, 2004, 23-year-old Jeffrey Lucey decided he could no longer live with himself and took his own life. While his struggle has ended, his family's is far from over.

Kevin and Joyce Lucey

Kevin, a therapist in Connecticut, and Joyce, a retired nurse, are the parents of three. Jeffrey was their only son. Ever since Jeff lost the battle with his PTSD, Kevin and Joyce have been advocating for the establishment of a realistic and efficient healthcare system, especially for veterans dealing with invisible wounds, like post-traumatic stress disorder. Part of that advocacy involves a lawsuit they've filed against the Veterans Administration for medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Related Organizations:

The Soldiers Project

SPAN - Suicide Prevention Action Network

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You may want to visit this diary I posted a few days ago with three clips of a Documentary on PTSD!

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

This diary Diary of a Suicide: Iraq Veteran also from a few days ago, not so much my post but the Diary Link Itself.

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

Adam Coleman, 26, will share his experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder in 'True Life' episode.

Coleman found himself in Iraq three times after he enlisted in 2002. After what he called increasingly violent deployments, Coleman was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder when he left the Marines. The disorder develops in some war veterans and survivors of other traumatic experiences and can trigger violent episodes and flashbacks. Coleman is one of three war veterans featured tonight in a new episode of MTV's documentary series "True Life."

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

In bush Veterans Health Care System

Help for injured veterans could vanish

There is new bureaucratic bumbling to address the mismanagement and waste at the new traumatic brain injury research program at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. The system has spent nearly $2.5 million in more than two years on salaries, supplies and MRI scanner time — and not a single veteran has been studied or benefited from the expenditures.

Rather than holding managers accountable for serious transgressions, including literal suppression of, and inaction to, disclosures of fraud, waste, and invalid human research, according to Tim Shea, a regional director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network , the Veterans Administration is considering the closure of one of a few centers in the nation dedicated to testing new imaging and treatments for brain injury.

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

But alas all too believable.


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