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3 veterans die of suicide over 5 days at VA facilities in 2 states Travis Fedschun

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Three U.S. military veterans took their lives within 5 days of each other at VA facilities in 2 states earlier this month, prompting a call for action by lawmakers.

 

The first death was reported on April 5, when the body of 29-year-old Gary Pressley was discovered inside a vehicle in the parking lot of Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia.

 

Pressley had a gunshot wound in his chest and was pronounced dead at 8:45 p.m., Laurens County Coroner Richard Stanley told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

Pressley’s family said he was medically discharged in 2012 after a bad car accident and struggling with mental health care, according to the newspaper.

 

His mother, Machelle Wilson, told WMAZ-TV that Pressley’s sister called the VA to tell them her brother was threatening suicide from their parking lot just moments before he killed himself

 

“He told his girlfriend he was going to do it in the parking lot, so they could find his body, so somebody can pay attention to what’s happening, so other vets do not have to go through this,” she told the television station.


Twenty veterans take their lives each day; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports.

 

The following day in Decatur, Ga., 68-year-old Olen Hancock of Alpharetta killed himself outside the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Hancock had been seen pacing the lobby of the building before going outside and shooting himself, WSB-TV reported.

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With multiple deployments, are the Soldiers and Vets dealing with complex PTSD,

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Complex PTSD is defined as trauma experienced over a long period of time. Simple PTSD is a one time trauma event. In Complex PTSD, trauma has been repeated over and over. Many more tentacles to heal from this extended exposure.
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Usually Complex PTSD happens in childhood abuse, however our redeployment policy has exposed our soldiers to longer and longer periods of battle.
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Our military model resembles the British military. We share the same statistical incidence of PTSD when we deploy into battle.
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Where we differ greatly is redeployment. The British do not have a spike in PTSD cases with redeployment. We have 22 suicides a day for starters.
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Think about it. This battlefield resembles the Pacific Therater in World War Two. They are in constant danger. Suicide bombers (IED’s) blur the lines of engagement.
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This heightened state takes a toll on all involved. Trauma has fertile ground for thoughts to ruminate under this kind of stress.
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Next, we can train our young men to kill, however we have failed to give him tools to handle the consequences of this act.
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On top of those burdens, these young men are exposed to horrific gore that war delivers.
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Something has happened at a deeper level because of all these long redeployments.
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This is far more serious than the military realizes, in my opinion.
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A request from USC online support for PTSD, TBI, depression and anxiety!

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I want to take the time to thank you for the incredibly useful mental health information and resources you provide.

My name is Gaby Acosta, and I’m the community manager for MSW@USC, USC’s Masters in Social Work program. I was wondering if you would be willing to include our Military Mental Health Resource Guide to Depression, TBI & PTSD, which aims to raise awareness around symptoms, causes and treatments of the various mental health issues that military service members and their families may face. The resource can be seen here: http://msw.usc.edu/military-social-work/military-mental-health-resources-depression-tbi-ptsd/

Your community may also be interested in USC’s military social work sub-concentration. Information about the MSW@USC Military Social Work program can be seen here: http://msw.usc.edu/academic/sub-concentration/military-social-work/

I can only hope that one of them would see the information and be inspired to take the first step to either seeking treatment for themselves or dedicating their lives to helping veterans. Thank you for your time!

In solidarity,
Gaby
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Great to see support available for Veterans and families. Thank you for your kind words.
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Excellent resource!
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