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Two New Contractor PTSD Suicides this week

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 19, 2011

It is with sorrow that knows no bounds this evening

that we must announce that

the contractor community has lost two more lives

to PTSD

only five days apart

They were both former DynCorp employees covered by CNA under the Defense Base Act

Two families, which both include children, left with the horror and guilt that suicide leaves in it’s wake

Out of respect for these grieving families we are withholding details until a more suitable time

Please keep these families in your hearts and prayers

May our departed friends find the peace they were deprived of here

___

To those of you suffering from PTSD,  to those friends of these contractors suffering from PTSD, please do not wait for for your employer or the insurance company to fulfill their obligations.

Both of these deaths could easily have been prevented by proper screening and prompt treatment.


10 Responses to “Two New Contractor PTSD Suicides this week”

  1. superman said

    Not suprising.. CNA denies and ignores all claims.. it took 9 months after returning home I was forced to get 3 outside doctors diagnosing me with PTSD along with my companies own medical records diagnosing me with PTSD before I got the first treatment.

    CNA then began a campaign to screw with my authorized doctor to alienate him and make him refuse to treat me. Unfortunate for CNA my doctor was not stupid and knew what CNA was doing and will NEVER dismiss me as a patient no matter what crap CNA puts his office through.

    Knowing about these current suicides, it does not surprise me that this ocurred since they ignored me upon my return and other friends of mine alike.

    CNA and their reps should be held criminally liable for their actions.

  2. daffodils said

    Words fail at times like this, mouthing “heartfelt condolences” to the families suffering the horrific aftermath of these predictable, preventable deaths is almost insulting.

    And this is only the beginning of their nightmare, thanks to this era of State-sponsored murder under the color of law.

    There is no doubt that both men were driven to their deaths because they did NOT receive timely screening and were denied treatment for the signature wounds of the Iraq war (PTSD; TBI; major depression). They also had no income, no career prospects but only a protracted uphill battle with the insurance/ DOL mafia as a result of their war-related injuries.

    How many more have to die at the hands of the very people they fought for before this deadly sclerotic DBA claims process is reformed? How difficult is it to put mandatory screening in place, a fund for treatment until the DBA process is resolved and a minimal living wage in the meantime?

    It’s not that they don’t know that they are deliberately driving these men to their deaths to avoid paying for their injuries:

    http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/veterans-for-common-sense-v.-sec.-eric-shinseki-9th-circuit-opinion

    Hope you sleep well tonight, “judge” Kennington, you had the chance to stop these deceptive games with people’s lives seven years ago and blew it for reasons only known to yourself. Wish I had an AK, you ultimate evil son of a bitch.

    Meanwhile, the CNA claims adjusters are popping champagne in anticipation of their next bonus because they wiped out two persons who had for years put their life on the line in a war zone to keep them “safe”.

    Don’t ever let them convince you that it was your fault, they will try so hard and lie and cheat and steal the evidence to do that but always know the plain truth that your husband had a severe common mental disorder that is as old as mankind.

    Peace be with you.

  3. anonymousonpurpose said

    To the families:

    My deepest condolences, I am sorry for your loss.

    Well said “D”…it is MURDER! They should pay….it is just such an uphill battle…

    Maybe “S” will do right by us this summer like he told me he would.

  4. superman said

    none of this is a surprise. Aig and CNA have been denying care for PTSD. They should understand “EVERYONE” over there will have some sort of PTSD. They should have considered that before they entered into the Insurance agreement with the contracting firms and the US Govt… as I have said before they had no problem accepting the insurance premiums.. I am sure they fully expected to collect and “NEVER” payout.

    But understand a suicide is a successfully adjudicated claim in the eyes of the Insurance adjusters.

  5. kenny bonner said

    my name is ken bonner i came home after 6 years of war in Iraq , 5years in the triagle of death as a contractor driver for KBr .. I have sever PTSD … Pitts and MIlls is my Layers but i have been 9 months into this no reaction fron insurace peoples what do i do ????

  6. With over 8 million people in the United States being diagnosed with PTSD every year, why do we still choose, as a society to not fight for their rights? I, too, have PTSD and know the debilitating effects of it. I have been blessed that I still have a voice and have a platform but it will take the population, collectively to make a difference in helping those suffering to get the attention and treatment they so desperately deserve. If our society put as much energy into bringing attention to those suffering with PTSD as they do in bringing attention to celebrities and entertainment….we may just have a chance of lowering the suicide rates and assisting in healing those who suffer with PTSD. We are a society that has issues with dealing with dark topics. Yet, when they see the aftermath of suicide and violence they talk about how sorry they are to hear it. How about we come together collectively to fight this for those that deserve it as opposed to only giving sympathies once the damage is so great there is nothing that can be done! Kaitlyn Gant kaitlyngant.com

  7. anonymousonpurpose said

    Hello,

    Finally going to a shrink myself. realized that I cannot fight this on my own. I appreciate what the military does overseas, but it is WAY PAST DUE THAT THE CONTRACTORS SUPPORTING THE MILITARY GOT SOME RECOGNITION!

    WE WERE IN HARM’S WAY TOO. WE DID IT FOR LESS MONEY SOMETIMES THAN WE COULD HAVE EARNED HERE IN THE STATES WITH LITTLE OR NO BENEFITS. WE ARE HURTING AND ALL THE PUBLIC CARES ABOUT ARE THE “HERO’S”. I AM SO SICK OF THAT TERM BEING THROWN ABOUT FOR ANY MILITARY MAN OR WOMAN EVEN IF THEY WERE NOT IN THE LINE OF FIRE!

    TIME FOR US TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR OUR SACRIFICES!

    How about getting some groups getting together so WE can talk about our hurt and pain? How about the American public hold fundraisers for all of the homeless Contractors that are only that way due to evil, vile corrupt DBA Insurance system? How about some candlelight vigils for the dead Contractors? How about Congress holding up its end of the bargain and acting on all of those hearings they had about criminal insurance companies?

    Maybe one day I can be healthy again and hopefully regain some sense of self, or maybe I’ll just go nuts and take it out on those who did this to me…

  8. Jane said

    My most sincere condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.

    It pains my heart to realize just how naive the general public/civilians are to what’s going on in that I only am finding out now what’s been transpiring for some time. I truly wish there was some way that I could help in that I understand all too well about PTSD and unlesss a person experiences it first hand, I’ve found the average person just can’t understand what it’s like.

    For what it’s worth, the contractors do a great job and deserve our thanks. And if they are hurting, it’s just wrong to not see to it that they receive whatever they may need.

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May peace be yours. Don’t ever give up hope. Ever.

  9. […] These are deadly games CNA plays in order to continue to deny medical even after a hard won order is produced. […]

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