Showing posts with label Lebanon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lebanon. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

being denied mental health care and compensation is mashugana!

I continue to be stunned by the fact no nation takes care of their service members or veterans with PTSD. As bad as that is, it is even more a sickening they fail to see the rest of the people in their country feel the sting of the stigma inflicted upon them as survivors of the traumas they face too.

Getting PTSD because you serve your nation, was job related. Getting it because Israel requires service of everyone, then being denied mental health care and compensation is mashugana!

Disabled IDF veteran denied PTSD treatment commits suicide

The Jersualem Post
Published: DECEMBER 5, 2021
47-year-old Itzik Chen, who was injured in Lebanon in the early 90s, committed suicide while fighting for recognition of his post-trauma.
A protest by disabled IDF veterans in Tel Aviv, April 18, 2021
Itzik Chen, who served as a paratrooper in Lebanon and Nablus, committed suicide on Sunday morning, Israeli media reported. Chen, 47, was recognized by the Defense Ministry as a disabled veteran but had been fighting for additional recognition of mental illnesses stemming from his service.
The Defense Ministry’s Rehabilitation Department has long been criticized for being excessively reticent in recognizing veterans’ claims of injury during military service. Until a veteran’s condition is recognized – a process that can take years in some cases – they are not eligible for assistance.

“We are hurting and stunned by the suicide of the disabled veteran Itzhik Chen,” the IDF Disabled Veterans Association said on Sunday. “This is exactly the cry that we have been raising the whole time. There are disabled IDF veterans who have been waiting for recognition for years, falling through the cracks over time and not receiving proper treatment.”
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Camp Lejeune Marine died at home

Marine from Wallington dies at his home near Camp Lejeune, N.C.
JUNE 5, 2014
Robert Drelich of Wallington wanted to join the Marines so much after high school that he worked out until he was able to shed 150 pounds to qualify. He finally fulfilled his dream and in quick succession was posted to Lebanon, Iraq and then Afghanistan.

But with nearly 10 years in the Marines, Sgt. Robert Drelich began suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a shoulder wound that required surgery. His injuries forced him to join a battalion of wounded Marines near Camp Lejeune, N.C., six months ago.

Marines Rosito Andaya and Andrew Gallagher outside the wake for Sgt. Robert Drelich at Shook Funeral Home in Clifton on Thursday.

On May 29, Drelich, 31, died at the North Carolina home he shared with his wife, Susan. The military is investigating the cause, but his brother, Greg, who is a Garfield police officer, said Drelich’s death was related to his heart. He will be buried with full military honors Saturday at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saddle Brook.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Marine's final fight on a Chicago street

A Troubled Marine's Final Fight
When his nation called, Marine Sergeant David Lindley answered. But when he came home hurting, his country let him down
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

At some point I remember looking out the window and seeing a man hiding behind a tree. I knew I could kill him, but some part of me kept saying, No, don't hurt anyone. I fired at the tree and laughed because I knew I could have hit him. When I smelled the smoke from the rounds fired, I had a rush. Suddenly I was back in the fight.

David Linley's last night as a free man began, like so many others before it, in his dark basement, watching Band of Brothers. Or was it Saving Private Ryan? Deep into a bottle of Bombay gin at the time, Linley can't recall what was on the screen when his wife Kristin came downstairs to do the laundry. She was surprised to see him wearing, for the first time at home, the Marine fatigues he had worn in Iraq.

Her interruption was minor and routine--a light switched on, a noise from the washer--but it triggered in Linley something he couldn't ignore. Feeling an irrational rage welling up inside, Linley ordered Kristin to leave the house with their 3-year-old son Hunter and 3-week-old daughter Hannah. Then Linley, age 41, kept drinking. Over the next 24 hours, he tried to kill himself twice by filling the house with natural gas, once by sitting in his running car inside the garage and once by hanging.

As a Marine sergeant, Linley saw action and witnessed horrors in Grenada, Lebanon and Iraq a generation ago. Ten years ago in January, he headed back to Iraq on his final combat deployment. He had earned an expert rifleman's badge, the corps's highest. The Marines tapped him for prized assignments guarding U.S. diplomatic outposts in Brazil and Pakistan, jobs that required top-secret clearance. He was discharged from the corps, honorably. Twice.

But his final firefight was on his suburban street 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Chicago, and the enemy was local police. When it ended, he'd traded 17 years in uniform for 16 years behind bars.
The trouble is, Linley has never gotten that treatment. "I've seen a psychiatrist about every six months for 30 minutes, which is absolutely useless," he says. "I have received no treatment for PTSD at all--nothing." Linley says he sought an antidepressant in anticipation of a VA-sponsored prison PTSD-counseling group. Such counseling depresses Linley, so he wanted to get on an antidepressant for the sessions. He took Celexa, prescribed by a corrections psychiatrist, for about a year, awaiting the counseling. But the VA never came, prison officials say, because there weren't enough veterans seeking such help there. Linley says he stopped being "doped up" on the medicine, which made him "foggy and nauseous," once it became clear the VA wasn't coming.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Was "Special Tribunal for Lebanon" tied to murder-suicide at Fort Hood?

Mom back to Fort Hood just before murder-suicide
My San Antonio
JANUARY 24, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Pfc. Carla Santisteban returned to Fort Hood from Afghanistan at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday.

“In Fort Hood!” she wrote on Facebook.

Three hours later, her husband, Rouhad Ahamd Ezzeddine, and their two daughters Leila Rouhad, 9, and Zeinab Rouhad, 4, were dead.

The Army's Criminal Investigation Command said Ezzeddine, a 43-year-old civilian, was believed to have killed the girls.

So far CID isn't saying how that happened or provide details of the circumstances, but authorities say the girls and their father were found dead at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in a home in Fort Hood's Pershing Park.

The Army late Thursday identified the father as the likely killer in a murder-suicide case.

“This is a terrible tragedy for the mother and families of these children,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, Fort Hood senior commander and commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division. “We are doing everything possible to care for the family in this time of profound grief and loss.”

The CID statement said the incident occurred in the wife's residence. The Army said Santisteban is assigned to a support battalion with the 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
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Beirut news reported this

BEIRUT: Local media reported Thursday evening that the Lebanese man who is believed to have shot himself and his two daughters dead in the U.S. has a link to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Rihad Ezzedine, a 43-year-old from the southern town of Kafra, was found dead in his home in Texas’ Fort Hood military base early Tuesday morning along with his two daughters, Layla and Zeinab, 9 and 4 respectively, according to the Associated Press.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Israel 34 days at war and 500 PTSD reserve soldiers

Israel tests Ecstasy on war trauma victims

An Israeli medical team has started tests using the drug Ecstasy as a treatment for conflict-linked post-traumatic disorders, the Maariv daily reported on Friday.

Doctors at the Beer-Yakov psychiatric hospital south of Tel Aviv are testing the response of Israeli post-traumatic disorder patients to MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug.

Rakefet Rodriguez, Sergio Marchiveski and Marina Kaufchicz, who are leading the experimental programme, are convinced that psychotheraphy is crucial in curing patients and that Ecstasy can help them to recover.

The doctors believe the drug has both calming and stimulating effects that can help patients not only overcome trauma but also dominate it, Maariv said.

Almost 500 reserve troops suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following the 34-day war that pitted Israeli troops against Lebanon’s Hezbollah Shiite militia in July and August 2006, the paper said.

Ecstasy, which is illegal in most countries, is one of the world’s most commonly used narcotics.

Before you start on anything about Israel and Lebanon, don't. This is about the fact they had a 34 day battle going on and it produced 500 PTSD cases. Think about that!

The next thing is that with their track record of upheaval and suicide bombings, along with Lebanon and what they are going through, we have a lot to learn from them. It's time we all looked at what other nations are doing since all that is required is a human is exposed to traumatic events and there are humans all over the world.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Aftermath of Horror

The Aftermath of Horror: A Lieutenant’s Story of Her Struggle to Overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Denver, CO, August 12, 2007 --( On October 23, 1983, two hundred forty-one Marines were killed in their sleep in the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Lt. Bonnie J. Tierney was the Mass Casualty Officer at Rhein Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany, assigned to identify and process the decaying body parts. For 30 days, she did her duty. Then for the next twenty years, she suffered from depression, nightmares, panic attacks, and thoughts of suicide—until she was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Locked in Time offers a vivid portrait of one who, like so many veterans, is not able to leave behind the atrocities of war, whose mind burns with dreadful, noxious memories that have prevented her from living a normal life. Through Locked in Time, author Bonnie Tierney describes her early years of growing up poor in a dysfunctional family, her relationship struggles, her challenges as a woman in the military, the devastating effects of the marine killings that forever altered her life, and her hopes and dreams for the future of America.

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