Veteran completes Army career thanks to rehab at Tampa VA
Department of Veterans Affairs
November 20, 2017
Most are young or in the prime of life; 228 were between age 17 and 30, 265 were age 31 to 40, 269 were age 41 to 50, and 190 were age 51 to 60. Firefighters in their 60s and 70s accounted for 48 and 30 suicides respectively, and 49 were of unknown age.
The event, they said, helps bring the comfort of home to military personnel and their families. It was the first year for volunteering for retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Rademacher of Greenville, who worked the serving line.
Marine Sgt. Ian King, left, and Sgt. Bryce Duis, center, were served dessert by volunteer Vickie Walker during the USO Jacksonville Center Thanksgiving Dinner. Jannette Pippin/The Daily News
The Obers said they love sharing a space at their table. The Marines said it's nice to spend the holidays with people who make them feel at home.
“It’s a marvelous feeling you have to have them here,” said Sharon Boll, the Murrieta resident who organized this year’s event. “It’s the first time they’ve been away from home on a holiday like that.”
US Marine Pfc. Ryan Nguyen, 18, from St. Louis Missouri digs into the turkey during Thanksgiving dinner at Murrieta resident Sharon Boll home, Boll hosted three Marines and 27 neighbors at her home for Thanksgiving in Murrieta Thursday, November 23, 2017. FRANK BELLINO, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG
"It was my missing ingredient," he says. The DAV "exposed me to adrenaline again," and gave him his life back.
Dave RileyDave Riley works on a stack of walnut boxes in the
workshop behind his house in Semmes, Ala.
He sold his woodworking tools. He got rid of his boat and his trailer. "I didn't think I'd need them anymore," he says.(Facebook photo)
U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was among four special forces soldiers killed in Niger. (U.S. Army photo)
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Sergeant Preston Hartley joined the Army after 9/11 in a show of patriotism, but after returning from his second tour in Iraq in 2010, his mom, Lynn, said he came back changed. He was with the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood.And the action
"He did not feel like he knew where home was anymore, he was lost as to what he was supposed to do now," Lynn said.
He felt lost, experienced increasing anxiety, and he did perimeter checks at night around the house. Preston told his family he left a piece of himself back in the Middle East.
Lynn now has a memorial fund set up in his memory that helps veterans with PTSD work with therapy dogs. Lynn said it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 to train and house service dogs.
A Kansas veteran commits suicide five days after the birth of his little girl, and the men he served with are ready to take action.The people who knew Norman Worden call him a hero, a loving father and husband. He was a man who would die for the brothers he served with in Iraq. But on the inside, Norman was fighting a battle few can understand.
“He felt he was unworthy and didn't deserve a lot of things. I would say he was a hero and he would tell me I’m far from that. I'm not a hero,” says his wife Jordahn.It was a feeling that despite his many attempts to get help, would lead Norman to take his life inside his Larned home. He leaves behind his wife, three boys and a newborn daughter. “Right before his suicide, it was surprising to me. I thought he was doing well and was excited about our daughter, like there were no signs of anything,” says Jordahn fighting back tears.
The men he served with in the 714th on two tours in Iraq are asking how many more like Norman have to die before something else is done.The action
They call it “Operation Sunrise” and say it’s way to bring veterans together to lean on each other for more support.They not only want to create more reunions for veterans but also provide support to get them there. Their goal is eventually to create a non-profit to help.“Seeing his brothers was important.
Those reunions helped him. I think that's why it's important for us to get together and look forward to getting together,” says Jarvis.
Ryan Terrana went to war at 19-years-old. First in Iraq in 2007. Then in Afghanistan in 2008. He was part of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, a light infantry unit on the front lines facing combat.The action
"You don't want to lose a single person in combat, but it comes to be expected. You're going to war. You don't ever expect to lose more back home."
Terrana admits he has self-medicated with alcohol, but says he'll continue to receive help for his PTSD through the VA and he relies on loved ones for support.
"They know when it's serious and they drop everything."
Recently, he and the remaining fellow marines from his unit came together for a reunion. They stay connected through Facebook, sometimes sharing news about losses, but now more aware when a guy may need help and when it's time to reach out.
"We just have this terrible cycle that I hope stops," Terrana said. "It has slowed down."And then there are the countless stories of others, all around the country, sharing their heartache but doing so much more to help others prevent their own tragedy.