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Thursday, January 29, 2015

PTSD Iraq Veteran With Service Dog Get Apology from Tampa

City of Tampa forced to make changes after a veteran's service dog was kicked out of a park 
ABC News
Alex Hobson
Jan 28, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. - A local veteran has received a formal letter of apology from the City of Tampa after an investigation found city staff ordered him to remove his service dog from a public park, which violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"It started off like a normal day," Cesar Silva recalls.

It was June 16, 2013. Silva had gone to Picnic Island Park with his service dog, Sophia, when he says a city parks and recreation worker approached.

"A maintenance man pulls up and says, 'Hey you're not allowed to be there in the water.' I go, 'Well I'm a disabled veteran, and she's my service animal.' He says, 'I don't care, still a dog, no dogs are allowed,'" Silva said.

But to him, Sophia is much more than just a dog. Silva is an Iraq War veteran who suffers from PTSD along with some mobility issues. Anywhere he goes, so does she.
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Vietnam Veteran Needs Dog Trainer To Save Bear

Veteran’s dog evicted from Dan River Crossing apartments 
Denice Thibodeau
January 27, 2015
Denice Thibodeau/Register and Bee Robert “Bobby” Stewart visited with his dog, Bear, on Sunday, getting an expected paw-shake in exchange for a treat. Bear is being taken care of by Chris Soyangco (right) after being evicted from Dan River Crossing apartments for what management labeled as aggressive behavior. Bear barks and growls when strangers approach Stewart, who — while he can take a few cautious steps — typically uses a wheelchair to get around.
Robert “Bobby” Stewart misses his companion, a yellow Labrador/hound mix named Bear.

The dog was evicted from Dan River Crossing apartments, on Bridge Street, about two weeks ago for being aggressive, Stewart said. Stewart — who uses a wheelchair to get around — is a Vietnam veteran suffering from kidney failure and high blood pressure.

He got Bear about two-and-a-half years ago as a puppy and trained the dog to be his companion and protector. Bear will bark and growl when people he does not know approach, but he has never attacked or bitten anyone, Stewart said. “He barks when the elevator doors open so people know to let me out,” Stewart said. The dog has scared some people, Stewart admits.

The most recent incident was one day when Stewart and Bear were leaving the apartment building through a door that does not have a window. When Stewart swung the door open, another tenant was reaching for the door from the other side.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Soldier's Wife Does Unthinkable Quieting Children

Woman slashes her children's throats to quiet them, police say 
By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux
January 28, 2015
Thomas Booth has not been charged, and KOMO reports that police do not suspect he played any kind of role in the violence. KOMO reports he's an active-duty soldier who was recently deployed overseas.
(CNN)A young mother in Washington state has been charged with attempted murder after authorities say she cut her children's throats in an attempt to keep them quiet.

Over the weekend, Christina Booth called 911 to report that her three children were crying nonstop and "needed medical attention," according to a recent probable cause filing. The 28-year-old and her husband, Thomas Booth, have three children, a 2-year-old and 6-month-old twins. When officers arrived at the Olympia, Washington, home Saturday night, they found a troubling scene.

As spelled out by a local prosecutor, police saw the twins on the couch crying "uncontrollably" and "bleeding from their necks."

 One officer then went upstairs and found the couple's 2-year-old in bed, under the covers with "dry blood all over her."

 All three were taken to a local hospital, where, CNN affiliate KOMO reports, they underwent surgery. They are now in stable condition and will be placed in protective custody. In their probable cause filing, authorities paint a picture of a mother overwhelmed and suffering from postpartum depression. A judge set bail for Booth at $3 million, KCPQ, another CNN affiliate, reported.
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VA Nurse Gave Disabled Vietnam Veteran Shoes Off Own Feet

Nurse at Salisbury VA hospital gives veteran the shoes off his feet
News and Observer
January 27, 2015
Most of his family had given up on him, he told Maulden, but his nephew still cared enough to bring him to the hospital that night for treatment.
Homelessness remains a major issue for veterans, and the Salisbury VA hospital serves its share – 4,227 last year, said Jennifer Herb, director of health care for homeless veterans at the Salisbury VA. Often, Herb said, those veterans have multiple issues, including medical problems, mental health conditions and substance addictions.

One quality that makes Chuck Maulden a caring emergency department nurse is his ability to put himself in someone else’s shoes.

Recently, he’s been lauded for putting someone else in his.

Maulden, 33, had been working in the emergency department at the Salisbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center for a just a couple of months when a patient came in near the end of his shift one night in November.

The man appeared to be in his mid-60s, Maulden said, and he was there because his feet were causing him such pain he could hardly walk.

“He kept talking about being in bad water in Vietnam,” Maulden said, though Maulden doesn’t know if the man served there during the war. Many soldiers who did suffered from trench foot, caused by long exposure to cold, damp conditions.

The man took off his tattered tennis shoes, and Maulden could see the soles were worn through and coming unglued. The balls of his feet were covered in huge blisters, and his compression stockings had matted to the skin where the blisters had drained. A doctor instructed Maulden to bandage his feet and give him fresh stockings.
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Army’s Mismanagement, Soldiers On Multiple Meds Still

First a little trip down memory lane. This report came out Jun. 14, 2012

Shirley White holds a box of prescription medication while sitting 

next to her husband Stan White in the their son's bedroom in Cross Lanes, W. Va., in 2010.
Their son, Andrew White, died in his sleep Feb. 12, 2008.
(Jeff Gentner / The Associated Press)
Off-label use soars
Prescriptions for Seroquel have exploded in the past decade, especially in the armed forces, where it often is prescribed off-label as a sleep aid.
In 2003, service members were diagnosed with insomnia at a rate of 30 per 10,000; by 2009, the rate had risen to 226 per 10,000. Prescriptions for Seroquel, or quetiapine, have subsequently soared, multiplying 27-fold in the same time period.

The drug is known to cause drowsiness and chase away nightmares associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Navy Capt. Mike Colston of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs said medications become popular as providers learn about them and as they receive new approvals for use by the Food and Drug Administration — in the case of quetiapine, as an add-on therapy for antidepressants. Yet questions have been raised over whether its off-label use for insomnia was more than a grass-roots movement by physicians. In April 2010, manufacturer Astra-Zeneca agreed to pay $520 million to the federal government to settle a civil suit alleging that it illegally marketed Seroquel for a host of off-label uses such as Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, PTSD and sleeplessness.

According to The Associated Press, in 2009, the Pentagon spent $8.6 million on the drug, while the Veterans Affairs Department spent $125.4 million.

Recent moves by the Pentagon to restrict prescriptions for atypical antipsychotic drugs were the result of a search for safe, proven therapies for troops, Colston said.

"We aim to … discourage the use of off-label medication treatments with antipsychotic medications before established evidence-based strategies have been implemented," he said.

And now, as said by Isabella Rossellini, in the movie Death Becomes Her, "Now a warning" after Meryl Streep already took the potion.
2014 report sheds light on Army’s management of soldiers on multiple medications
Chris McGuinness
Herald staff writer
January 28, 2015

Prescription drugs were not a factor in the tragic on-post shooting that left four soldiers, including the shooter, dead and 16 others wounded in April.

In the 110-page report, military investigators stated the shooter, 34-year-old Spc. Ivan Lopez, was taking multiple prescription medications, but asserted the drugs were not to blame for the rampage.

“There was no evidence that any medication, or combination of medications, caused suicidal or homicidal thoughts in (Lopez),” wrote Lt. Gen. Joseph E. Martz, who led the team that investigated the shooting. The report showed Lopez regularly sought medical and mental health treatment at multiple installations while in the Army. Reports shortly after the shooting indicated he was being treated for depression, insomnia and anxiety, and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Just how many prescription drugs Lopez was taking, and what exactly the medications were, were redacted from the copy of the report made available to the public. However, statements made by Fort Hood officials in the wake of the shooting indicated Lopez was taking anti-depressants and the sleep aide Ambien.

Multiple medications

Lopez was far from alone. A 2010 investigation by the Army Times indicated many soldiers take multiple drugs, including psychiatric drugs and opioids for pain management.

The investigation, titled “Medicating the Military,” stated one in six service members are on some form of psychiatric drug.

According to the report on the 2014 shooting, the military has a “Polypharmacy” program to manage soldiers taking mixes of certain medications.

According to the Army’s website, polypharmacy is defined as a prescription for four or more types of medications. Those can include opioids, drugs that affect mental state such as anti-depressants, and drugs that depress the central nervous system.
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Marine Makes Hard Choice, Amputate Leg

Barely able to walk, injured Marine decides to have leg amputated 
The Wilson Daily Times, N.C. (Tribune News Service)
By Lisa Boykin Batts
Published: January 26, 2015
The consensus among Duncan’s medical team now is the infection did more damage than the body can heal.

In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Duncan Mathis, right, is greeted by his mother, Theresa Mathis, as he finishes the Run for the Fallen 5K/Half-Marathon at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Mathis was wounded in action during a deployment to Afghanistan, falling 75 feet and breaking his legs, ankles and right arm. BRITTAIN CROLLEY/U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO
(Tribune News Service) — Lance Cpl. Duncan Mathis said it was an easy decision to amputate the lower portion of his left leg.

"I don’t have a doubt in my mind,” the Beddingfield High School graduate said. "I want to live my life as a 21-year-old.”

In recent months, it was getting harder and harder for Duncan to do the things he wanted to do and to live an active lifestyle. He was in tremendous pain and had decreasing mobility. In June, he was able to run in a brace, said his mother, Theresa. 

By November, he was barely walking. Duncan’s problems stem from a May 2013 incident in Afghanistan.

He fell 75 feet down an unmarked well while on a nighttime mission with his unit. He fractured both legs and ankles as well as his shoulder and arm. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury.
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VA: biggest organizational change in VA history?

New simplified map for Veterans Affairs 
Military Times
By Leo Shane III, Staff Writer
January 26, 2015
The Veterans Affairs Department says that by midsummer all offices should be coordinating efforts along a newly drawn five-region map. (Photo: Veterans Affairs Department)
Veterans Affairs Department officials who promised to simplify the agency are touting major progress after settling on a single map of the United States. If that seems overly bureaucratic, keep in mind the department currently uses at least nine maps of America, subdividing the country into dozens of regional networks and administrative responsibilities for hundreds of programs.

By midsummer, all VA agencies should be sharing the same latitude and longitude, coordinating efforts along a newly drawn five-region map to allow veterans a single point of entry for a host of office offerings.

Officials offered few specifics on what they called "the biggest organizational change in VA history" but said the work will not immediately mean cuts to the 340,000-plus workforce. 

 "This is not about losing jobs," said Bob Snyder, executive director of the MyVA program office.

"There is more than enough work to do at VA. ... This is about improving the veterans' experience."
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bowe Bergdahl WIll Face Charges for Desertion

No big shocker here the press got the story wrong.
Army: Bergdahl reports are untrue, no decision made
KENS5 News
January 27, 2015

The Army says there is no truth to media reports claiming a decision has been made to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.

The Army continues to review the case against Bergdahl, said Paul Boyce, a spokesman for Forces Command, on Tuesday morning.

"Sgt. Bergdahl has not been charged with any crime," said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby during a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.

"No decision has been made with respect to the case of Sgt. Bergdahl," Kirby said.

"None. There is no timeline to make that decision, and Gen. [Mark] Milley is being put under no pressure to make a decision."
In a report Monday citing two anonymous military sources, retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that the Army plans to charge Bergdahl with desertion. Schaffer also told the outlet his sources confirmed to him that Bergdahl's lawyer has been given a charge sheet. read more here

Bowe Bergdahl to Be Charged With Desertion, Officials Say
NBC News
January 27, 2015

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by enemy forces in Afghanistan for five years, will be charged with desertion, senior defense officials tell NBC News. The officials say the charges could be referred within a week.

According to the officials, the desertion charges would be based on allegations that Bergdahl abandoned his remote outpost in June 2009 to avoid hazardous duty or important service, which are grounds for charges of desertion under the Uniform Military Code of Justice, or UCMJ. According to one senior official, Bergdahl's actions in Afghanistan go well beyond the lesser offense of AWOL, absent without leave, because he allegedly abandoned his post "in the middle of a combat zone, potentially putting the lives of his fellows soldiers at risk."
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The 6 U.S. Soldiers Who Died Searching for Bowe Bergdahl
Mark Thompson
June 2, 2014

Troops suggest that Bergdahl's desertion makes him more traitor than hero

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban over the weekend after they held him for nearly five years, in exchange for five Taliban leaders, who will spend a year cooling their heels in Qatar. Chances are you haven’t heard of the six soldiers who died hunting for him after he went missing, according to military officials. Now that Bergdahl has been sprung—in exchange for five senior Taliban officials, who had been imprisoned at Guantanamo—soldiers who served with Bergdahl are grumbling that he deserted and shouldn’t be hailed as a hero, especially given the resulting cost in American lives.
Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, of San Antonio, Texas, and Private 1st Class Morris Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C., were killed by a roadside bomb in Paktika province on Aug. 18, 2009, while trying to find Bergdahl. Like Bergdahl, they were part of the 4th BCT from Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah, died Aug. 26 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot while his unit was supporting Afghan security forces during an enemy attack.

2nd Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, of Dallas, Texas, died Sept. 4 in Paktika Province when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device and a rocket-propelled grenade.

Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, Texas, died Sept. 6 in Paktika province after being wounded by an IED. Like Bergdahl, Bowen, Walker, Curtiss and Andrews, Murphrey was part of the 4th BCT.

On Sept. 4, 2009, Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill., was seriously wounded in Paktika province when Taliban forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device, a rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire.

Second Veteran Received Wrong Records From Tampa VA

Second Tampa Bay veteran received someone else's medical records
By Shannon Behnken
Updated: Jan 26, 2015

A second Tampa Bay area veteran received someone else's confidential medical records in the mail.

8 On Your Side reported about a case last week when a woman found another veteran's records in her mail, and now another veteran has stepped forward.

Randy Blackford, of Port Richey, received a letter denying his disability compensation from the Veteran's Administration. That was bad enough, but, tucked inside, Blackford found the name, social security number and medical information belonging to another veteran.

"I'm worried somebody's information," Blackford said. "I've got this guys'. Hey, they probably got mine somewhere floating around."

The same thing happened to Carol McBride, who served in the Navy, when she got copies of her medical file from the Veteran's Administration.

When her 1,500 pages of medical records arrived, she found someone else's records sandwiched between hers. There are three EKG reports and doctor's notes for a man who was in the Army in the 1980's. His name, social security number and date of birth are right there: Everything someone would need for identity theft.

"I know more about him than I should know about him, and had it been someone who's not honest, they could have taken quite a bit of advantage of him," McBride said. "I shouldn't have to deal with this ... "I don't want to be responsible for someone else's medical records."

McBride also worries that if she has someone's records by mistake, someone else could have hers. After all, she ordered her file to make sure all of her records are there. She's battling with the VA over her compensation amount for a disability. She questions whether all of her records are there and wonders if this man needs the documents she now has.
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WFLA News Channel 8

American Sniper Heavy Silence Because No One Listens

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
January 27, 2015

There has been a lot of debate about American Sniper. Maybe it is a good thing since there is a lot that isn't getting talked about, or at least it could have been. The trouble is when you have people taking political sides the troops and veterans are slammed right in the middle and the movie is more important than the one playing in their dreams every night.

"The View" Co-hosts Agree "American Sniper" is a Seminal War Film

"There was heavy silence at Walter Reed."
"Bravery has consequences."

This is from what Mike Barnicle wrote about American Sniper
At a screening in L.A. and New York, the crowd cheered. In Dallas there was no cheering. And when the film was screened at one site in Washington there was only a heavy silence.

Where was that location? Walter Reed National Medical Center, where the wounded, the limbless, the brain damaged are treated for injuries that linger forever and are largely forgotten by a country and a culture where more attention is paid to deflated footballs than the needs and cost of caring for men and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Paul Rieckhoff said that veterans have been trying to get attention for a decade. Really? Seriously?

What about the decades other veterans not only tried to get attention but fought to put everything in place that was available for their generation? Oh, I'm sorry it isn't popular to remind anyone how long all of this has been going on. All you have to do is sit and talk a while with a Vietnam veteran who had to wait years for a claim in the 80's and 90's, months for an appointment with a VA doctor or even longer for a fee base outsourced appointment.  Ya, that's right they were doing all of this way back then.

Hey why not add in the fact that there were caregivers way back then too? We had to figure out how to raise our family, work, take care of our husbands and usually our elderly parents (mostly veterans as well) and then figure out how make sure it was all held together while we fell apart without any money or help to do it. I lost count how many jobs I had in the over 30 years I've been with my husband.

As stupid as the reporting has been saying Afghanistan has been the longest war, and everything else they seem all too easily to forget, none of this is new and that is what pisses off other veterans the most.

For all the bills, all the money, all the news, all the claims made about addressing it, the numbers of lives lost to suicide increased. The number of veterans trying to kill themselves increased. These numbers went up even though there is a growing list of organizations begging for money and attention. Even though there is the Suicide Prevention Hotline with thousands of calls a year. Even though there are reporters all over the country telling heartbreaking stories of them facing off with police officers and SWAT Teams every week.

Watch: 'The Nightly Show' Aims at 'American Sniper' Debate with War Veteran, Critic and Comedy Guests

We're not talking about the fact that PTSD hits all generations and older veterans have been waiting longer, suffering longer and begged for something to be done before others followed them into the abyss.

What the hell is going on here?

We're not talking about how veterans are not able to go and watch the movie if they have PTSD because they won't sit in a huge, dark room with strangers behind them especially when they know their past is going to kick up its heels and smack them in the head.

I talked to a friend of mine and he said he's waiting for it to come on cable so that he can watch it and walk out of the room if it gets to be too much for him. Other veterans said they don't need to see a Hollywood movie, no matter how good it is supposed to be, since they just watched their own movie last night.

Wives like me won't go to see it either. While I totally appreciate it, I just don't want to watch it. I haven't watched any of them in years. Living with it on a daily basis and covering their stories for Wounded Times has zapped my emotional core to the point where sitting in a movie theater to watch more suffering is the last thing I want to do.

I do think you should see it if you want to get some kind of idea what it is like. Friends have seen it and said they understood more and they cried.

This is one of the first videos I made on PTSD. It is from 2006.

Our generation has been trying to help the younger generation catch up to what it took us decades to learn. They didn't want to listen. Our generation tried like hell to get Congress to change what they were doing. They didn't want to listen. We tried to get reporters to pay attention long before Afghanistan and Iraq but they didn't want to listen.

It seems as if everyone is talking about their opinion of this movie without listening to what is still happening because no one listened before.

American Sniper isn't about Democrats or Republicans

When will people stop pushing the myth that American Sniper isn't about Democrats or Republicans? Do they have to turn everything into a political game? Supporting this movie, much like supporting the troops and veterans isn't political, this is more about people who get it and those who never will.

We could be spending time on the missing issues about this movie, like how a lot of PTSD won't go to see it. Most of the time, they can't go to movies because sitting in a huge, dark room with a bunch of strangers behind their backs is not pleasant or entertaining to them. The other thing is, some of them don't need to see a movie about war since they just watched their own last night.

They know what PTSD is and what it does. They are also grateful that what they have been living with has finally been exposed to the masses.

I haven't seen it and I probably won't. I stopped watching these movies a long time ago. I am glad they made it and think it will help people understand but when you live with it everyday, spending time to be emotionally pulled apart isn't a pleasant thought for me either.

If you are a veteran and want to understand PTSD, this could help. If you are a family member, it could help you understand it as well.

Oh, by the way, I adore Gary Sinise but not seeing it isn't about politics for everyone.!

Gary Sinise Criticizes Howard Dean Over 'Stupid Blanket Statements' On 'American Sniper'
The Huffington Post
By Christopher Rosen
Posted: 01/26/2015

On Friday's "Real Time With Bill Maher," Howard Dean said there was maybe "a lot of intersection" between people seeing Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and members of the Tea Party.

"There's a lot of anger in this country. And the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry," Dean said about the film, which focuses on the life of Chris Kyle, a deceased Navy SEAL who has been called the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. "This guy basically says, 'I'm going to fight on your side.' They bite for it."

Dean's comments didn't sit well with many conservatives, including Gary Sinise. On Monday, the actor posted a rebuttal to Dean that called out the former governor for making "stupid blanket statements."

"I saw 'American Sniper' and would not consider myself to be an angry person. You certainly have a right to make stupid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry, but how is that helpful sir?" Sinise wrote on his WhoSay page.

"Do you also suggest that everyone at Warner Brothers is angry because they released the film? That Clint Eastwood, Jason Hall, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and the rest of the cast and crew are angry because they made the film? Chris Kyle's story deserved to be told. It tells a story of the stress that multiple deployments have on one military family, a family representative of thousands of military families.

It helps to communicate the toll that the war on terror has taken on our defenders.

Defenders and families who need our support. I will admit that perhaps somewhere among the masses of people who are going to see the film there may be a few that might have some anger or have been angry at some point in their lives, but, with all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?"
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Monster Jam and Heroes Stop Gunmen

Father and son take down gunmen after Monster Jam
Orlando Sentinel
By Tiffany Walden
Staff Writer
January 28, 2015
"If I didn't do something, something bad could've happened," Richie said. "It might not have been the smartest thing, charging a man with a shotgun. But there were a lot of people around. There were kids in that van"

2015 Monster Jam
Grave Digger performs during Monster Jam at the
Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
(Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

Adrenaline spurred Gary Richie into action when he saw the barrel of a shotgun swing past him and his family while walking to their car after Saturday's Monster Jam in Orlando.

The alleged gun-toter, Cory Gathings, was walking toward a minivan that he and his friend Stephen Page had just sideswiped while driving down West South Street near South Norton Avenue just before 10 p.m.

Unsure of what would happen after Gathings made it to the minivan, Richie and his 35-year-old son Jacob sprang into action.

"I basically bear-hugged [Gathings] and pushed him into the open door of his pickup truck," Richie, 54, said Monday. "We pushed him into the seat of the truck and grabbed the gun."

Gathings and Page, both 21, were later arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.
Richie, a former U.S. airman and police officer, said he yelled for his family to get back before he and his son tackled Gathings.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Brockton VA Employee Found Body on Grounds

Body found on grounds of Brockton VA hospital
The Enterprise
By Maria Papadopoulos
Posted Jan. 26, 2015

BROCKTON – No foul play is suspected after a man was found dead on Brockton veterans hospital property on Sunday morning, authorities said.

The man was not a patient of the veterans hospital, and his identity was not released Sunday pending notification of his family, Assistant District Attorney Bridget Norton Middleton said Sunday night.

“It does not appear to be suspicious,” Middleton said of his death.

A VA Boston Healthcare System employee discovered the body about 9:10 a.m. Sunday outdoors on the VA property, in the area of Lot 14, said Middleton.

VA spokeswoman Pallas Wahl said the body was found on VA property in “an outside shelter,” or a covered area, similar to a bus stop, that protects people from the weather.

Brockton police responded to the scene but said that VA police were handling the investigation because it is on federal property.

A VA statement released Sunday said, “A collaborative investigation with state and local agencies is currently underway.”
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Police: Runion Couple Bodies Found

Police: Vehicle, bodies found in search for missing Cobb couple 
Alive Staff,
January 26, 2015

ELFAIR COUNTY, Ga. -- Police say two bodies have been found in the search for a Cobb County couple missing since last Thursday.

Family members tell 11Alive News 69-year-old Elrey "Bud" Runion placed a Craigslist ad searching for vintage 1966 Mustang. He got a response from an individual in McRae, Ga., saying he had one to sell.

The couple was planning a trip to McRae, in Telfair County, to purchase the vehicle from the ad and was planning to return the same evening. They did not return home and they have not been able to make contact with them by phone, according to family members. Family members insist they were not traveling with cash.
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New to PTSD? You May Be But It Isn't.

It seems as if everyone is shocked to read how ancient people suffered from what we call PTSD but they suffered even without having any name to give it. Sure we changed the term given generation to generation but nothing about it has changed much. That really sucks when you consider there has never been more done to treat it yet we have more reports on bad outcomes.
Ancient Assyrian Soldiers Were Haunted by War, Too

A new study finds evidence of trauma experienced by soldiers returning home from combat over 3,000 years ago
By Laura Clark
January 26, 2015

In his account of battle of Marathon in 490 B.C., the Greek historian Herodotus recorded the story of a man that went inexplicably blind after witnessing the death of one of his comrades. Until recently, this was believed to be earliest-known record of what modern medicine calls post-traumatic stress disorder.

But now, as BBC News reports, a team of researchers says they’ve found references to PTSD-related symptoms in much earlier writings, dating from the Assyrian Dynasty in Mesopotamia, between 1300 B.C. and 609 B.C. They published their findings in the journal Early Science and Medicine with an article poetically titled “Nothing New Under the Sun.”

Soldiers in ancient Assyria (located in present-day Iraq) were tied to a grueling three-year cycle, the BBC notes. They typically spent one year being “toughened up by building roads, bridges and other projects, before spending a year at war and then returning to their families for a year before starting the cycle again.”

By studying translations of known texts, the historians were able to see just how familiar symptoms of PTSD might have been to Assyrian soldiers. Co-author of the study and director of the Anglia Ruskin University’s Veterans and Families Institute, Professor Jamie Hacker Hughs told BBC News:
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It is actually in the Bible too and many other ancient accounts of war.
King David
His life is conventionally dated to c. 1040–970 BC, his reign over Judah c. 1010–1002 BC, and his reign over the United Kingdoms of Israel c. 1002–970 BC.[1]
Goliath Challenges the Israelites
17 The Philistines now mustered their army for battle and camped between Socoh in Judah and Azekah at Ephes-dammim. 2 Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah. 3 So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them. 4 Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet[a] tall! 5 He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds.[b] 6 He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. 7 The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds.[c] His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield. 8 Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! 9 If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! 10 I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” 11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.
Fighting and Military Career
And there was war again. And David went out and fought with the Philistines, and killed them with a great slaughter. And they fled from him. (1Samuel 19:8)
Psalm 144 Of David.
1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. 2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. 3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them? 4 They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow. 5 Part your heavens, Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke. 6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them. 7 Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners 8 whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.
God the Sovereign Savior but there is also Psalm 23
A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
And there is the mighty Achilles.
How dare they use a Spartan for "resilience" training?
Veterans were suffering nonetheless when no one noticed other than their families.