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By Jovana Lara and Lisa Bartley
May 22, 2018
Jackie, who is considered 100 percent disabled by the VA due in part to PTSD from her rape, said she was on five different psychiatric medications at the time. In the beginning, she said she believed their sexual relationship was consensual.
Jackie Baum served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves and trained as a nuclear, biological and chemical weapons specialist.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Army veteran Jackie Baum's life was spiraling out of control. She was homeless, addicted to drugs and living under a bridge steps away from the VA's West Los Angeles campus.
Jackie struggled with bipolar disorder and PTSD from her rape in the military years ago, both of which were exacerbated by an addiction to pain pills and heroin.
"I didn't think I was ever going to get off of that," Jackie told Eyewitness News. "I just assumed I was going to die that way."
In March 2015, Vietnam veteran and outreach volunteer John Keaveney ran across Jackie under the Ohio Avenue Bridge and captured video of the encounter on his cellphone.
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