Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Letting heroes die sunk us to a new low

When will we care enough to save those who save us?
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
August 21, 2018

If you think dropping the D from PTSD is a good idea, then it proves you really do not understand much. The "thing" that gave them PTSD in the first place, was a lot harder than dealing with a lousy letter.

If they have a problem with it, then we have a much bigger problem than anyone is aware of, because if the stigma ends up killing them, instead of the event itself, our shame has just sunk to a new low.

This may finally get you to understand that men and women, valued human life so much, they were willing to die to save others. They rushed into burning homes, to accidents, to disaster after disaster, yet the following lost their lives because of what all their efforts did to them.


81% of the firefighters feared they would be seen as weak according to an NBC survey.

December 2017
Crystal Murphy Navy veteran and Lacey firefighter

January 2018
Retired firefighter Thomas Schilling

March 2018

Tampa firefighter Steve LaDue

Firefighter Jesse Reed

April 2018
Dallas retired firefighter Michael Chambers 

Battalion Chief Erik Sutton

June 2018
Volunteer firefighter and police officer Mark Gehron

Ryne Kinsella 

July 2018
Captain Art Vazquez

Firefighter Peter D. Varnum

James Grundon, 55, was a firefighter and paramedic (murder-suicide)

August 2018
Captain Wayne Habell


Lancaster City Police Officer Marc Gehron

Chicago Police Officer, shot himself in the parkinglot

August 2018
Officer Stewart Beasley

May 2018
Tony Jenkins

Veterans committed public suicides

March 9, 2018
Yountville California
Veteran and hostages dead at PTSD program

March 12, 2018
Vietnam veteran committed suicide in Sheridan Police Department Parking lot after calling dispatch to let them know where he was.

March 23, 2018
Soldier dead after standoff at Aberdeen Proving Ground

March 23, 2018
Air Force Veteran dead after police were called to help him.

March 26, 2018
St. Louis
62 year old veteran committed suicide in John Cochran VA Medical Center waiting room

April 3, 2018
Boynton Beach
76 year old Vietnam veteran committed suicide in Boynton City Hal parking lot. Not first time this happened. 

It happened last year in Amarillo Texas when a veteran shot himself in front of the VA hospital.

June 13, 2018
Fort Knox 
21 year old Private committed public suicide at Clarksville High School after he stole a gun.

June 19, 2018
Vietnam veteran committed suicide at in the VA emergency room.

June 26 2018
Navy Veteran set himself on fire in front of Georgia Capitol protesting the VA system. 

Not first time this happened. It also happened in New Jersey last year.

June 27, 2018
Norfolk Navy Yard
Sailor walked into helicopter blade, death ruled suicide.

July 10, 2018
Air Force veteran shot family, and himself after setting house on fire.

July 14, 2018
Phoenix AZ
Veteran shot himself inside the VA Hospital Chapel 

Not the first times since it happened last year when a 33 year old veteran shot himself at the VA.

There are a lot more but, most of them do not have their names released. What you see in obituaries around the country are usually along the lines of "died suddenly" and it is the families right to keep it private.

What will never, ever, make any of this right, is for it keep happening without the national news paying attention to any of this.

At least now, the pubic has a chance to learn what we've been reading so far this year.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like FORBES finally paid attention to firefighters committing suicide. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2018/08/23/haunted-heroes-more-firemen-committed-suicide-in-2017-than-died-in-line-of-duty/#3a1e60252a24


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