Showing posts with label Afghanistan veterans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Afghanistan veterans. Show all posts

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Special Forces Veteran Goes From Texas to Liberty Fighting PTSD

Veteran stops in Pinellas during record paddleboarding trip
FOX 13 News
By: Kellie Cowan
POSTED:APR 16 2016

"That was like the lights finally coming on for the first time in a long time in a dark room and it was a wonderful place," said Collins
CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - After 20 years of Special Forces service, which included tours in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq, Josh Collins is now taking on the biggest mission of his life: a 3,500-mile paddleboard trek that will take him from Corpus Christie, TX to the Statue of Liberty on his paddle board.

It's all in the name of bringing awareness to fellow soldiers who, like him, suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Collins says Task Dagger Force, a charity dedicated to helping wounded Special Forces veterans and their families, helped save his life.

He's now hoping his recover story will inspire others suffering from TBI and PTSD as well.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Another Veterans Charity With Selective Service?

If they got this part wrong, what did they get right that they ended up on Forbes?
"Every day, an average of 22 veterans take their own lives. This tragic reality motivated Josh and Lisa Lannon and Tom Spooner to do something."
Warriors Heart Founders Offer Help To Struggling Veterans
Devin Thorpe
February 10, 2016

They founded Warriors Heart, an addiction treatment center that provides peer-to-peer solutions to help veterans, law enforcement and first responders who struggle with addiction and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Josh Lannon took the time to explain the challenges that veterans face, what Warriors Heart is doing and what he hopes will come of their efforts.

Lannon says the VA isn’t the answer. “While the VA (Veterans Administration) has good people, they can’t keep up with the needs of veterans after 14 years of war.”
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

After Being Shot By Police, Veteran Finally Gets Help

E. Texas veteran shot by deputies shares message of hope
Tucson News Now
By Skylar Gallop
Jan 27, 2016

A 25-year-old East Texas veteran says getting help with PTSD saved his life, after being shot by Smith County deputies in an apparent attempt at "suicide by police".
Cameron Dossey, a Navy veteran who served tours in Afghanistan and Africa, now has a strong message to other veterans to get help.

Dossey discusses his service, saying, "I don’t like people thanking me for my service, because there’s things I'm not proud of."

Dossey's family says he came back changed. Dossey admits he struggled with depression.

"You know, the last couple of years... getting stuck in my own head, all I hear are my own thoughts."

Thoughts turned into actions.

"I tried to commit suicide three times."

Family members were unable to reach him.

Dossey explains, "I never wanted to talk to my parents about what I've seen, because in my mind I'm carrying the visions and the price for freedom around in my head, so that they don't have to."

His family urged him to get help.

Dossey recalls, "I called the Green Zone, a counseling service for veterans, and I left a message but never got a call back. At that point, I did make an attempt to reach out."

Another call was returned by a different organization, but was unsuccessful at identifying the deep depression and PTSD Dossey was in denial of.
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Tucson News Now

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Double Amputee Afghanistan Veteran Reflects of "Good Fortune"

Next stop for wounded JBLM veteran: A new home built just for him
The News Tribune
Adam Ashton
January 9, 2016
“How do I express my gratitude? They welcomed me with open arms. Eatonville, I have this feeling that this is going to be the community where I live the rest of my life.” Sam Shockley
Double amputee Afghanistan veteran Sam Shockley wheels himself past the Patriot Guard to a Homes for our Troops groundbreaking and welcoming event Saturday in Eatonville to celebrate a new custom home that will be built for him and his wife, Emely. Dean J. Koepfler
Samuel Shockley can’t believe his good fortune.

He’s grateful for friends who have lifted him on their backs in the woods so he could hunt and fish like he used to do.

The woman he met on a wild night at a Tacoma piano bar stuck with him through two Army combat deployments and two years of recovery at Walter Reed Military Medical Center.

And fast-acting teammates from Joint Base Lewis-McChord got him off the battlefield in Afghanistan almost instantly when a mine blasted away both of his legs, allowing him to live another day.

“Without those guys, without what they did, I wouldn’t be able to be here today,” he said.
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Wheelchair Bound UK Veteran Left Homeless

War veteran Chris Lazzara homeless for Christmas after Army gave notice from Howe Barracks 
Kent Online
by Chris Pragnell
27 November 2015
A crippled war veteran is being ordered by top brass to clear out of Army digs just days before Christmas.

Former Private Chris Lazzara has been told to pack his bags – and slapped with a court summons for December 16.

Refusal could see Mr Lazzara, his wife and baby son turfed out of their house in Howe Barracks and left homeless over the festive period.

Mr Lazzara, who served his country in Afghanistan, said: “I feel like the Army has declared war on me."

“I feel really let down. I just can’t believe the timing of this. All we need is time to stay in the property while we acquire other accommodation.

“We’ve nowhere to go so I don’t know what we’re expected to do? I’m now trying to sort emergency accommodation through the council but we’ve no guarantees at all.”

Canterbury’s Howe Barracks site will eventually be bulldozed, but while most properties sit empty, some occupants are still in place.

Mr Lazzara, 32, is confined to a wheelchair following injuries he says he sustained during an Army exercise.

He says Army bosses are refusing compensation, claiming his injuries are the result of an earlier condition, and have launched eviction proceedings.

Having served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Mr Lazzara was discharged on medical grounds in July this year.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

UK Veteran Battles PTSD After Sangin

‘Guilt – even innocent guilt – is an evil thing’: how soldiers struggle to cope when they come home
The Guardian
Matthew Green
October 7, 2015

Many ex-servicemen suffering from combat stress are damaged not by a traumatic event, but by the shock of returning from war. When they fall prey to insomnia, guilt, anxiety and isolation, the military, it seems, does not have all the answers
AJ did not want to leave but he knew he had no choice: the Chinooks only landed every two weeks and would be on the ground for no more than 10 seconds. As the helicopter raced across the hard-packed desert, he could not know that his hardest battle lay ahead.
The faces of the two young Afghan policemen would never leave him. They had both been shot while defending their position and bled to death in the back of a trailer as AJ and a medic tried to staunch their wounds. They could not have been more than 17 years old. AJ, as the former Royal Marine asked me to call him, was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. The first tour, in 2001, had been quiet. Five years later, his unit, 45 Commando, was engaged in fierce fighting with the Taliban outside the town of Gereshk. As a sniper, AJ acted as lookout for the other marines, carefully spotting enemy positions and either calling in mortar fire or counting down from three, according to his training, and pulling the trigger.

After the battle at Gereshk, AJ’s unit was deployed to Sangin, a small town on the Helmand river. It was a Taliban stronghold, and soldiers from the Parachute Regiment had narrowly managed to hold the town centre after intense fighting a few months before. AJ’s unit was based 4km away in an outpost known as FOB (Forward Operating Base) Robinson, where an outer ring of earth-filled wire cages formed the first line of defence. The marines bedded down in buildings in an inner circle nicknamed the Dust Bowl. A tower made of mud bricks stood in the centre and AJ took turns with the other snipers to man a makeshift bunker on the top, cradling their rifles and scanning the dun-coloured landscape for any sign of Taliban fighters.

Nowhere in Sangin was safe, but the tower was particularly exposed. FOB Robinson had been set up on a slope, giving the Taliban concealed in the town a clear aim into its interior. They exploited the site’s weakness to the full, hammering the base with 120mm mortars that made the ground shake. Sometimes as many as 30 rounds would slam into the ground in a single attack.

While other marines took cover, AJ and his sniper team would remain on the tower – searching the surrounding patchwork of terrain for any sign of the enemy. Each time he heard the crump of a mortar being fired, AJ flinched, suspended for 30 seconds, waiting. It was only when he heard an ear-splitting blast as the shell struck home that he knew he was still alive.
On his last day as a marine, AJ’s wife went to work. He got up from the kitchen table and found himself walking towards the garage door intent on ending it all. A silent voice was calling: “Everything will be easy if you come with me.”
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

War Veteran Inspires Fellow Marines As Triple Amputee Athlete

Triple Amputee Afghanistan War Veteran Inspires Fellow Marines 
Stars and Stripes
by Carlos Bongioanni
Jun 27, 2015
A good dose of humility also seemed to reside inside the triple-amputee athlete who was a bit evasive, giving a generic reply when asked how he typically performs at the Games. "I do pretty well. I just go out there and try to give it my all."

Anthony McDaniel congratulates his former wheelchair basketball teammates Tuesday
June 23, 2015 after the Warrior Games championship matchup at Quantico Marine Base
Virginia. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia -- Anthony McDaniel had just been lowered into his wheelchair from a platform where he had been seated for throwing the discus at the Warrior Games.

Nearby, a folded tripod leaning against a chair fell to the ground. In gentlemanly fashion, McDaniel instantly maneuvered his wheelchair into position to retrieve the tripod for the reporter who dropped it.

McDaniel, 26, may have lost two legs and part of his left arm from war injuries, but he hasn't lost a strong conviction about being polite.

"Regardless if you've got all your limbs or you have none at all, politeness comes from within," said the medically-retired Marine with southern roots who names Pascagoula and Gautier, Mississippi, as his home towns.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Double Amputee Afghanistan Veteran Running For Congress in Florida

Veteran Who Lost Both Legs In Afghanistan Announces Run For Congress 
Daily Caller
Political Reporter
June 8, 2015
“The adversity I have faced in my life has only intensified my desire to serve and to ensure that the people of our great nation have every opportunity to rise as far as their talent and hard work will take them,” he said.
Brian Mast, a retired Army special operations combat veteran whose legs were amputated after an IED blast in Afghanistan, said Monday he will run for Congress in Florida.

Mast, who served in the Army for 12 years, will seek the Republican nomination for Florida’s 18th congressional district. In 2010, Mast was working as a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan when he was seriously injured by a roadside bomb.

“Whether you are in a combat zone, or trying to find a job or a better life for your family, there is plenty of adversity out there that must be overcome,” Mast said in a statement. “Our government should be working to remove barriers to opportunity, not create them.”
Mast was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, according to this campaign.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PTSD Veterans Find Healing With Horses

Equine therapy helping local veterans
Horses help veterans suffering with PTSD
WESH 2 News Orlando
By Dave McDaniel
UPDATED 6:10 PM EDT Apr 28, 2015

Veterans and first responders receive therapy at S.A.D.L.E.S. free of charge.

ORLANDO, Fla. —You might not know it just by looking at him, but Lance Cpl. Chris Brooking has only recently returned from the battlefield. Sometimes the scars of war can be seen and other times completely hidden.

Brooking's wounds weren't only the visible kind. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I couldn't bring myself to even walking around the neighborhood, constantly being on guard, on high alert, crazy uncomfortable,” he said.

The recipient of a Purple Heart after being injured in Afghanistan, Brooking wasn't the same when he came home.

“I was very uncomfortable in every day situations,” he said.

“Whenever I talked with him, I felt I had to walk on eggshells, because sometimes anything I said would set him off,” said his wife, Katie Brooking.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Some Veterans Don't Want "Thank You"

Please Don’t Thank Me for My Service 
New York Times
FEB. 21, 2015
It’s hard to assess how widespread such ideas are among the men and women of today’s generation. So, rather than try to sum up what invariably are many views on the subject, I’ll relate more of Mr. Garth’s story. He grew up in Florida, son of a Vietnam vet, grandson of a decorated World War II vet, himself a bit of a class clown who drank his way out of college and wound up working the docks. The Marines offered a chance to make something of himself and, despite his parents’ pleadings otherwise, to fight.
Hunter Garth, 26, a veteran who fought in Afghanistan: “I pulled the trigger. You didn’t. Don’t take that away from me.” Credit Daniel Borris for The New York Times
HUNTER GARTH was in a gunfight for his life — and about to lose.

He and seven other Marines were huddled in a mud hut, their only refuge after they walked into an ambush in Trek Nawa, a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan.

Down to his last 15 bullets, one buddy already terribly wounded, Mr. Garth pulled off his helmet, smoked a cheap Afghan cigarette, and “came to terms with what was happening.”

“I’m going to die here with my best friends,” he recalled thinking. I didn’t know any of this — nor the remarkable story of his survival that day — when I met him two months ago in Colorado while reporting for an article about the marijuana industry, for which Mr. Garth and his company provide security. But I did know he was a vet and so I did what seemed natural: I thanked him for his service. 

“No problem,” he said. It wasn’t true. There was a problem. I could see it from the way he looked down. And I could see it on the faces of some of the other vets who work with Mr. Garth when I thanked them too. What gives, I asked? Who doesn’t want to be thanked for their military service? read more here
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Monday, January 19, 2015

California Doctor Will Practice Again After Drunk Doctoring

Drunk Doctor Who Passed Out at Work to Continue Treating Patients
NBC 7 San Diego
By Paul Krueger
Jan 16, 2015

A local doctor who drank so much he passed out at his medical office will be allowed to treat patients again. NBC 7 Investigates reporter Mari Payton explains how the state Medical Board is keeping tabs on this doctor and trying to protect his patients.
Lane told investigators his alcohol problem worsened when he returned from military service in Afghanistan and diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
A local doctor who drank so much that he passed out at his medical office, will now be allowed to treat patients again.

Dr. Jason Lane collapsed while working with the Kaiser Zion Medical Group in October 2013, according to a formal accusation filed by the Medical Board of California.

Lane's blood alcohol level was .39, which is almost five times the legal limit, and his colleagues in the emergency room had to treat him for alcohol poisoning, as revealed in the Medical Board’s accusation.

Those documents, obtained by NBC 7 Investigates, also reveal that Dr. Lane drank more than two bottles of wine, the night before he collapsed at work.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Marine Afghanistan Veteran died from drug toxicity from one of his prescriptions

Marine sniper Rob Richards died from drug toxicity: autopsy
Marine Corps Times
By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff writer
December 1, 2014
Robert Richards, who was found dead in his home in Jacksonville, N.C., on Aug. 13
(Photo: Mike Morones/Staff)

The sudden death of a Marine Corps combat veteran after his controversial exit from the military was a result of drug toxicity from one of his prescriptions, according to a newly published autopsy report.

Rob Richards, 28, was found dead in his Jacksonville, North Carolina, home Aug. 13, a year and five days after he was medically retired from the service as a corporal. Richards, a combat-wounded veteran with multiple deployments, had been among a group of Marine scout snipers whose actions came under intense scrutiny after a video surfaced in 2012 depicting them urinating on an enemy corpse in Afghanistan.

Richards disliked the publicity associated with the urination scandal and worked hard to put the incident behind him, but his autopsy report and other medical documents released to Marine Corps Times reveal the scars of combat and the psychological toll his experiences had taken.
Though the injuries qualified Richards for 100 percent medical disability, and the experience left him with depression and post-traumatic stress — he spent a month in a psychiatric facility after discharging a pistol in a Florida hotel room in a frightening moment of disorientation — he volunteered to return to Afghanistan in 2011 with another scout sniper unit attached to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines. Twelve months after he was wounded, Richards quit his medications cold turkey and deployed for the last time.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Afghanistan Veteran Charged Leg at Starbucks

One more case of reporters making a difference.
Local 2 helps get power restored for veteran
Click2Houston News
Author: Keith Garvin, Anchor/Reporter
Published On: Nov 17 2014
"I've been going up to Starbucks to charge my leg," he said "and to friends' house to charge my leg."

When we first met Thomas Davis on Monday evening, he literally was a man with no power.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Spc. Gage Schellin Achieved Dreams That Ended Too Soon At Fort Hood

'He got all three of his dreams. He just didn’t get to keep them very long'
Daily News
Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The last time Cindy Schellin heard from her oldest son, he texted her that he loved her.

Within hours, he would be dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the backyard of the home he had shared with his wife and three young children until hours earlier.

He was 22.

He was a soldier.

He was in pain.

“I knew,” his mom said, after receiving his last text late Saturday afternoon. “I knew he wasn’t OK.”

An investigation into Specialist Gage Schellin’s death continues at Fort Hood, where he was stationed. He had joined the Army two years earlier and returned in the spring from an 8-month deployment in Afghanistan.

“He had three dreams,” said his mom, who lives in Fort Walton Beach. “To be a husband, to be a father and to be a soldier.”
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Fort Walton Beach Florida Soldier Died At Fort Hood

Friday, August 22, 2014

Neighbors Step Up When Amputee Afghanistan Veteran Was Evicted

Neighbors rally to help evicted wounded warrior
Stone Haven residents help veteran find new home
By KSAT Anchor
Ursula Pari
August 21, 2014

SAN ANTONIO - Neighbors in the Stone Haven subdivision on the far North Side are coming to the aid of a wounded warrior who was left homeless Wednesday after falling behind in his rent.

The reclusive veteran lost a leg in combat in Afghanistan and also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his time in battle. So when his neighbors saw his belongings being removed from his home, they took action.

Kara Myers is leading the effort to help the soldier, who earned numerous honors, including the Purple Heart.

“He risked his life for us, so it’s the least we can do,” said Myers.

She said that Wednesday afternoon, several neighbors went into action after noticing a sheriff’s deputy supervising the removal of the soldier’s belongings to the yard.

"At one time they were lined up all the way down the curb, down here and across the other side," Myers said, describing the scene of volunteers who showed up to help pack up the furniture and clothing and take them to a safe place.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fighting Combat PTSD in Scotland

Fighting on the frontline: PTSD cases surge across Scotland
By Laura Piper
18 August 2014
Lance Corporal John Templeton was one soldier who was referred to the charity by his GP after suffering a breakdown years after he had left the army.

"I had been suppressing it for years, self-medicating through alcohol misuse," he said. "I think I used drink to keep the demons away at and the lads just had a drink and – you know that phrase 'just soldier on' – well, that’s what we did.

“I now know I should have got help a lot earlier. If I had maybe I wouldn’t have lost so much."

It has been described as the invisible scar of war; the bomb waiting to explode when a soldier returns home.

For men and women returning from conflict, post-traumatic stress disorder can be a battle they never expected to fight.

In the military there is a deep-rooted ethos that 'no man gets left behind' with soldiers committed to risking all to protect those they fight alongside.

In Scotland, there are two men carrying this belief on long after the call to duty has been answered.
As one of only two regional officers for Combat Stress in Scotland, Lappin has to see the on-going turmoil in the eyes of veterans every single day.

"If you were to draw a line down Scotland I would be on the West and Jim Lawrence the East," said Lappin.

Together, the two men travel door to door across the country, meeting veterans in their own home in order to help them take the first step to confronting their ongoing battles.

"When I started here we were getting an average of 60 new referrals a year. Now, I'd say that's up to 130, partly because of the recent conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"But as much as we see veterans from Iraq we see many, if not more, from the Falklands and Northern Ireland. And the numbers are rising."
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Facebook puts triple amputee's pictures back up

Facebook orders war hero who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan to remove picture of his 'offensive' stump
Andy Reid, 37, lost two legs and an arm serving in Afghanistan in 2009
Posted a photo of his stump with the message 'hard work on the legs today'
Site's community team removed the photo because it was 'offensive'
Facebook said the removal was a 'mistake' and re-uploaded the photo
Daily Mail UK
16 August 2014

Corporal Reid stepped on a landmine whilst out on patrol in Helmand Province in October 2009

A war hero who lost both legs and an arm while serving in Afghanistan has called Facebook 'harsh and narrow-minded' after they removed a picture of one of his stumps because it was 'offensive'.

Former Corporal Andy Reid, 37, from St Helens, Merseyside became a triple-amputee when a landmine exploded while he was on patrol in Helmand Province in 2009.

The father-of-one posted the picture of his stump with the caption 'hard work on the legs today'.

But it was taken down by the social media's site communities team after a user complained about it.

The site removed the innocent image, despite the fact it does not ban violent clips, including beheadings.

He told The Sun: 'It's just a picture of my leg at the end of the day. What's offensive about it? 'This is nowhere near as offensive as some of the pictures spreading from Islamic State fighters.

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VA San Diego couldn't take care of own doctor with PTSD?

A VA doctor was self-medicating PTSD after working as a trauma doctor in Afghanistan. That says something right there. Not only did they fail a veteran with PTSD, they failed one of their own!
Doctor Arrived at Hospital With 0.39 BAC: Medical Board
An accusation says Jason Lane, M.D., was "self-medicating" with alcohol to deal with PTSD
NBC News San Diego
By Andie Adams
Aug 15, 2014

A doctor who showed up to work with a blood alcohol content of nearly five times the legal driving limit had “self-medicated” with alcohol to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an accusation filed by the Medical Board of California.

Jason Lane, M.D., could now lose his medical license because of the incident on Oct. 22, 2013. At that time, Lane was working as a physician and surgeon for Southern California Permanente Medical Group, dividing his time between the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Grantville and Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.
But the problem worsened after he enlisted in the military in 2011 and worked as a trauma ICU physician in Afghanistan for four months.

"Upon his return from that deployment, respondent (Lane) admitted using alcohol to 'self-medicate' issues that he later identified as posttraumatic stress disorder," Kirchmeyer says in the document.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Office of Naval Research funding PTSD study for 20 veterans?

Virtual reality helps treat PTSD in soldiers "Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could gain some relief from a new virtual-reality program, new research suggests." according to a "new" story on FOX. The problem is, it isn't new.

New claims say they changed it.
"Now, the researchers have developed a new virtual-reality program, called "Bravemind," which was created using feedback from the first version and includes an expanded set of features.Tests of this early version have been positive, Rizzo said. A study funded by the Office of Naval Research used a standard exposure-therapy approach, and involved 20 military members (19 men and 1 woman) who had spent an average of eight years in active service. Over the course of the study, 16 participants showed improvement in their PTSD symptoms, while four participants did not."

I walked through one of these a few years ago in Orlando at a convention. It is realistic and fascinating to view but veterans say that it is like telling their stories over and over again leaving them with no closure, no peace. This study is so tiny, it should not make headline news. As for funding, Naval Research should actually be taking a look at data collected over the last 40 years to figure out what actually worked for veterans.

Maybe this would work better if coupled with the other parts of the veteran to help them heal? Maybe the timing is a factor and needs to be done sooner than later?

While claims have been made for years about "helping veterans" the outcome is questionable.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Family needs help, Afghanistan veteran drowned in lake

Ryan Tyndall drowned in Lake Allatoona leaving behind a wife, two children, and a third on the way
Kevin Rowson
July 31, 2014

SNELLVILLE, Ga -- Ryan Tyndall was a lot of things but mostly a good husband and father, according to his sister. But now his family is in need and Lisa Tyndall wants to make sure they get what they need.

Ryan took his wife Tina and two children, Chance, 5, and Alicia, 2, camping on Lake Allatoona last weekend. The Tyndalls were planning to give their family good news: Tina was pregnant with their third child. Their family only found out that news after Ryan drowned Sunday.

The doting father jumped into the lake when a float got away from his children. When he reached the float, about 75-yards from shore, something happened.

"They heard him yell 'help me'," his sister said. "One of the guys that was there looked and he jumped in and by the time he made it out there to him, they couldn't find him."

"I don't know if he just got tired and he got some water in his lungs or what happened, but he didn't make it," Lisa Tyndall said.

Ryan Tyndall, is a US Army veteran, who served in Afghanistan. His sister said he had a hard time finding jobs after he came home. "He was looking for work trying to take care of his family and he was having a hard time finding good jobs," she said. "Right before this happened it seemed like it was starting to fall in place."

She said Ryan was working for a landscaper and was given his own truck and was promoted to supervisor.

After living in hotels he and his family were looking for a home.
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