Archive for the ‘LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act’ Category
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 11, 2012
Posted in Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Delay, Deny, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Hope that I die, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, Racketeering, Veterans | Tagged: ACE, AIG, Civilian Contractors, Civilian Veterans, CNA, Contractor Casualties, DBA, DBA Insurance, Defense Base Act, Veterans, Veterans Day, Veterans Day 2012 | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 4, 2012
Breathing dust, fumes and other and other toxic substances, exposed troops deployed overseas, and those who worked for government contractors abroad and other civilians, to a serious hazards. Some of the chemicals were very toxic carcinogens and are deadly.
At US Senate hearings it was revealed that the toxic carcinogen, Sodium Dichromate (CAS 10588-01-9), was spread across a ruined water-injection facility in Qarmat Ali, Iraq, when the soldiers were there in the spring and summer of 2003. Thousands of individuals may have been exposed.
A simple evaluation may assist in assessing your exposure and disease which includes: a history which characterized the exposure and preexisting medical conditions of each individual exposed; a physical exam that identified any findings potentially related to a chromium exposure, and medical tests including blood, urine, chest X-ray, and a breathing test (called a pulmonary function test).
- Chronic health effects
- Lung and throat cancer
- Blisters and deep ulcers
- Damage to the septum
- Skin allergy
- Asthma-like allergy
- Kidney damage.
As a supporter for the improved health and welfare of individuals against hazardous occupational and environmental exposures, Jon L. Gelman advocates for changes in safety standards and safer use of chemicals. If you have been exposed to burn pit dust, smoke or fumes or Sodium Dichromate, contact Jon Gelman via e-mail or call +1 973-696-7900.
Posted in Burn Pits, Cancer, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, Iraq, KBR, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Toxic Exposures, Veterans | Tagged: Burn Pits, Burn Pits Claims, Defense Base Act, Hexavalent chromium, Jon Gelman, Qarmat Ali, Sodium Dichromate, Toxic Carcinogens | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 2, 2012
How do AIG and CNA get away with telling so many lies and paying for so little ?
They get help from those put in place to “ensure that workers’ compensation benefits are provided promptly and properly”
The Department of Labor’s Jacksonville Florida District Office Director Charles D Lee, formerly of Liberty Mutual, gave his seal of approval to CNA’s lies by refusing to find them in default of an order that he signed himself. It took seven years to get this order.
If Mr. Lee does not remember signing this order over two years ago he should. While he signed the order for medical and indemnity probably without reading it, slapped a form cover letter to it, he did not bother to determine the amount of back indemnity and interest owed which allowed CNA to not pay on time and escape the 20% per day penalty. So few penalties apply and so little enforcement of those that do.
It took many telephone calls and finally assistance from Michael Niss, the Director, Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs at the time, to encourage him to do his job. He was not going to do it just because an injured contractor had not received his check and was trying to find out why.
The failure on the District Director’s part to find CNA in 18 a Default occurred despite having in his possession legitimate proof, letters from Doctors stating that they had never been approved and had in fact been denied payment.
Proof of CNA lies to the new Claims Examiner, who comes to us from KBR with a KBR attitude, are ignored by everyone in the DoL from herself, Charles D Lee, Kristina Hall, to Eric Richardson, Miranda Chui, to the DOL IG.
CNA never produced a receipt for paying back years of Medical Care that they were responsible for and refused to provide but Charles D Lee determined that they did so based on their attorney saying that they did.
CNA paid for a small fraction of the past medical care, finally, 16 months after the order was signed. While this is clearly a 16 month default during which time the claimant has this debt hanging over his head despite having an Order in place, CNA is not held responsible. A receipt has never been produced. Charles D Lee takes them at their word while their lies are in his hands.
No dollar value is applied to the damages caused by a refusal to provide medical care for years on end and so there is no penalty or recovery.
We talk with contractors everyday who have orders in place for medical that never receive it.
The lengthy efforts your attorney must go through to try, not necessarily succeed, to secure the medical care is considered to be “Janitorial” work by CNA that they should not have to pay for.
Why not continue with the Deadly Paper Games when it saves you so much money and the very people that are supposed to be looking out for the claimant condone these criminal actions?
No dollar value is applied to the temporary injuries which become permanent at the hands of CNA.
The hands of CNA, their claims examiners, and their attorneys are so gently stroked by the Departments of Labor’s Jacksonville District Office.
The Blood is on all of their hands.
Posted in AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Follow the Money, Hope that I die, Injured Contractors, Interviews with Injured War Zone Contractors, Iraq, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Liberty Mutual, Misjudgements, OALJ, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Racketeering, Veterans, War Hazards Act | Tagged: CNA, CNA Insurance Company, CNA lies, DBA Claimants, Deadly Paper Games, Deny Medical Care, Department of Labor, Department of Labor Jacksonville District Office, DoL, KBR, LHWCA, Liberty Mutual, Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act, Medical Care, Request for Default | 2 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 21, 2012
Effective October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013 the national average weekly wage will be
This is up by 2.31%
which is an increase of
per weekover this years AWW of
Posted in Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act | Tagged: Annual October 1 Increase AWW, AWW, DBA, Defense Base Act, LHWCA, National Average Weekly Wage, NAWW, NAWW Increase, Section 10 f | Leave a Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 9, 2012
Mesothelioma and Veterans, Civilian Contractors
Guest Post By Douglas Karr August 9, 2012
Military members are exposed to plenty of risks that the average person would never have to deal with. In addition to the traditional dangers faced by military personnel, they are also at a higher risk for exposure to harmful substances. This is why military veterans need to be conscious of their risk for developing mesothelioma. This dangerous and rare cancer is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Most people never come into contact with asbestos. Veterans have more exposure, especially when they go abroad. A veteran needs to keep an eye out for symptoms in order to catch the problem early.
Exposure Through Overseas Deployment
Veterans are at much higher risk of mesothelioma when they are sent overseas. This is especially true in the age of urban warfare. Asbestos can most often be found in older buildings. Though most American buildings have been purged of the substance, this is not the case with many older buildings in places like Iraq. In urban warfare, these older buildings are often destroyed in firefights and air attacks. When that happens, the asbestos can make its way into the air, causing damage for any person who is forced to breathe it in.
The big danger for veterans in these areas is that they often do not know that they’ve been exposed. If you are simply walking through the streets of Iraq, you have no way of knowing what things you are breathing in. This can produce a significant risk. Those individuals who have served their country in Iraq should keep their eye out for the earliest signs of the disease. Though it is rare and most people will not develop mesothelioma, it is worth considering. Even short periods of exposure can be harmful in many instances.
The Military Functions That Bring About Asbestos Exposure
Not all military personnel are at the same level of risk. As veterans can attest, the military employs many different kinds of professionals. Not every person is out fighting on the front lines. Some people are directed with destroying buildings, while others are involved in construction. In the past, people have done milling or mining. These are jobs and functions that bring about much more risk. A report from the Department of Veterans Affairs confirms this heightened level of risk. That report indicates that any individual who has been involved in these special functions should be on the lookout for difficulties.
Understanding What Mesothelioma is All About
A veteran who is concerned about exposure should understand what to look for. It is a debilitating form of cancer that can move quickly. At its core, the cancer works on the chest and respiratory system. It can cause pain in that area and it can cause shortness of breath. People who notice intense amounts of pain or any blood in their mucus should be wary. It is important to catch this cancer at its earliest stages because it has a tendency to take hold in a hurry.
Posted in ACE, Afghanistan, AIG and CNA, Cancer, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Department of Labor, Iraq, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Toxic Exposures, Veterans | Tagged: Asbestos, Cancer, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Mesothelioma, Risk of Mesothelioma, Toxic Exposures, Veterans | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 3, 2012
The Defense Base Act Insurance Companies and their Overly Zealous Defense continue to brutally delay and deny diagnoses and treatment of PTSD to injured war zone contractors, most having served their country in the military.
In fact they are still allowed to force PTSD patients to undergo psychological interrogation by the infamous Dr John Dorland Griffith who has been discredited over and over again, and falsely accused injured war zone contractors of malingering. Many PTSD claims were denied based on his paid in cash testimony.
In case after case treatable PTSD becomes a chronic lifelong condition, destroying lives, shredding families.
Ultimately costing taxpayers and our society as a whole much more in the long run but provide more profits for the insurer and ever more fees for attorneys on both side of this boondoggle.
The Department of Labor presented policy five years requiring PTSD Claims to be expedited but the policy was never implemented.
In a big reversal, the Army has issued a stern new set of guidelines to doctors tasked with diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning soldiers. Stop spending so much time trying to spot patients who are faking symptoms, the new guidelines instruct. Chances are, they’re actually ailing.
The 17-page document has yet to be made public but was described in some detail by the Seattle Times. In it, the Army Surgeon General’s Office specifically points out — and discredits — a handful of screening tests for PTSD that are widely used by military clinicians to diagnose a condition estimated to afflict at least 200,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
The Army Surgeon General finds great fault with a dense personality test popular with clinicians that ostensibly weeds out “malingerers,” as PTSD fakers are known.
But the results of what’s known as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Test are flawed, according to the report. PTSD sufferers often exhibit anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks and depression — all of which, some doctors believe, can be discounted under the test. The test devotes a large swath of questions to catching apparent exaggerations of symptom severity, seemingly inconsistent answers, or reported symptoms that don’t mesh with the typical signs associated with an illness.
“The report rejects the view that a patient’s response to hundreds of written test questions can determine if a soldier is faking symptoms,” the Seattle Times summarized. Where PTSD is concerned, that’s especially true. The condition is accompanied by symptoms that can differ markedly between patients: Some are hyperactive, others are lethargic; some exhibit frenetic rage while others are simply sullen and depressed.
“And,” the Times continued, “[the report] declares that poor test results ‘does not equate to malingering.’”
Those tests were the standard of care at Madigan Army Medical Center — which is a big deal. Located in Tacoma, Washington, Madigan isn’t just one of the military’s largest medical installations. It’s home to a forensic psychiatry team tasked with deciding whether soldiers diagnosed with PTSD were sick enough to qualify for medical retirement. In March, the Army launched an investigation of the Madigan team after Madigan’s screening procedures allegedly reversed 300 of the PTSD diagnoses among soldiers being evaluated.
The reversals resulted in some soldiers being diagnosed with “personality disorders” and others left with no diagnosis at all. Madigan allegedly used the tests to save money by limiting the number of patients who’d qualify for retirement. “
Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, AWOL Medical Records, Chartis, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Defense Medical Examinations, Delay, Deny, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Hope that I die, KBR, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Melt Down, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Suicide, Veterans, Veterans Affairs | Tagged: Chronic PTSD, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Department of Labor, DoL, Dr. John Dorland Griffith, Fake Bad Scale, Malingerers, Malingering, MMP, MMPI, Overly Zealous Defense, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ptsd, PTSD Claims to be Expedited, Veterans | 2 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 26, 2012
Guest Post by Doug Grauel, ESQ July 26. 2012
DBA insurance companies scurry a lot.
They can’t seem to take a claim, look at it, make a reasoned statement of how they see it, and have a conversation about it. Instead they see a claim coming, so they scurry. The scurrying gets so fast it’s like watching a magician running a shell game. One of the favorite deceptions has to do with Average Weekly Wage (on the front end) or Residual Earning Capacity (sometimes called Residual Functional Capacity) on the back end.
Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is generally thought of as the rate of pay that an injured worker was making at the time that he or she was hurt. Section 10 of the Longshore Act tells you how to calculate AWW–sort of. For most overseas war zone contractors, AWW is the amount that you would have earned working at your regular, time-of-injury job for one year, divided by 52. This means that you include overtime, hazard pay, and all the rest to your base pay, figure out what a “typical” year would have looked like, and divide by 52. Roughly. If you are unlucky enough to get hurt before you have worked a year, then there is issue of possible annual or completion bonuses. Workers who are hurt in the third year of overseas work, even if each year was a one-year stint, have stronger claims for higher wages than workers who get hurt six weeks after they arrive on base. It’s just how the world works.
Carriers love this simple trick:
Overseas contractors often earn enough that their DBA/Longshore compensation rate is the maximum. So if you’re an adjuster, do you bother to figure out the real AWW? No way: You just say, “This year’s max is $1295.20. The comp rate is 2/3 AWW, which is the same as .666xAWW. So .666xAWW=$1295.20. Therefore AWW=$1295.20/.666= $1944.74.” But $1944.74×52=$101,126.48. Plenty of overseas contractors are making more than that if you include hazard pay, overtime, and so on. So that AWW that the adjuster cooked up is too low. Why should you care, if you get the max rate anyway?
Here’s why: After you get a little medical treatment, suddenly the adjuster sends you a “Labor Market Survey,” claiming that you could be working at $12.00 an hour for 35 hours a week. That’s about $420 per week, or $21,840 per year. So now your comp benefits go down, because the carrier says your comp rate should be 2/3 of the difference between AWW at the time of injury ($1944.74) and your residual earning capacity ($420). $1944.74-$420=$1524.74. $1524.74x.666=$1015.48.
Presto: You lose $1295.20-$1015.48=$279.72 per week, or $14,545.44 per year.
All because the adjuster didn’t want to figure out what your real AWW should be.
Douglas Grauel, Esq. |
Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act | Tagged: Average Weekly Wage, AWW, Claims Adjusters, DBA, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Doug Grauel, Hazard Pay, Labor Market Survey, LHWCA, longshore, Longshore Harbor Workers Act, Overtime Pay, Residual Earning Capacity, Residual Wage Earning Capacity | Leave a Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 15, 2012
After many years of surviving an extremely abusive and Overly Zealous Defense
These benefits were recently taken away by the Benefits Review Board when Attorney Bruce Nicholson, who was actively pursuing a settlement with KBR/AIG’s Attorney Michael Thomas, had a contract with the widow, was an attorney with the Law Firm of Peyman Rahnama, was the attorney of record with the BRB, did not as much as respond to the Appeal.
While Bruce Nicholson is the one who apparently purposely abandoned the claim, Michael Thomas and the BRB were more than happy to carry on without notifying the widow that AIG’s appeal of her claim was unopposed.
The man I married was my prince charming.
We had grown up together.
High school sweethearts, we were married 17 ½ years.
I believe that if he had never gone over there he would still be
Something happened in Iraq.
He committed suicide the morning of July 16th, 2006
He left behind a lot of pain and two ruined lives.
I never dreamed I would be without him
my daughter without a father.
Our thoughts are with you today Barb
Posted in AIG and CNA, AWOL Medical Records, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Iraq, KBR, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Misjudgements, PTSD and TBI, Racketeering, T Christian Miller, Veterans, War Hazards Act | Tagged: AIG, Awol Medical Records, Barbara Dill, Benefits Review Board, BRB, Bruce Nicholson, Civilian Contractor, Contractor Casualty, DBA Casualty, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Lawyers, KBR, Michael Thomas, Peyman and Rahnama, ptsd, PTSD DBA Suicide, PTSD Suicide, Wade Dill | 3 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 21, 2012
It is certainly going to have the desired result.
They are going to kill him and it is going to be soon.
Before the year is out I believe this man is going to commit suicide.
Nearly 14 months to the day of a Department of Labor District Director signing an Order approved by an ALJ stating that CNA must provide medical for a severely Injured War Zone Contractor’s injuries, the details of which were gagged…..
And 3 1/2 months after Injured War Zone Contractor asked the District Director to find them in Default for not doing so……..
CNA produces a stack of FAXES supposedly sent to Injured War Zone Contractors Doctors stating that they have “re-approved” payment of diagnoses and treatment, most of which were never approved, ever, much less “re- approved”. In fact for most of the Doctors CNA denied diagnoses and treatment for blast injuries for many years.
Several Doctors stated that yes they received a FAX but that it did not mean they accepted the approval and that it did not guarantee payment. Payment would have to made in advance. CNA’s reputation for non payment is no secret.
The rest of the doctors state that they never received “approval” at all.
Unemployed and otherwise uninsured Injured War Zone Contractor pays for some visits via credit card as they are so vital. Doctor then sends a bill to CNA for payment despite not having received an approval, which CNA refuses. Injured War Zone Contractors scheduled visits are then cancelled due to non payment by CNA.
These are deadly games CNA plays in order to continue to deny medical even after a hard won order is produced.
And who do they claim is vague, ambiguous, and whose claims are not supported by Facts, or should we say FAX?
It must be the very well respected and credentialed doctors, or the Attorney, or the Injured War Zone Contractor
This negligent paper game continues despite a recent medical report from February stating:
“I do not understand the entire bureaucracy issue. He tells me that CNA has written to us and that we are approved for Workers’ Compensation. We have no record to that effect. We are just not going to be paid and they are not going to authorize treatment. Bureaucracies have their problems but this almost seems to be purposeful.
It is certainly going to have the desired result. They are going to kill him and it is going to be soon. Before the year is out I believe this man is going to commit suicide.
And he’ll be just another CNA DBA Suicide.
Note: CNA’s response is to ask for an informal conference. Several informal conferences, a settlement conference with a Judge, orders signed by a Judge and the District Director, and yet another informal conference after an 18 month default is even a consideration??? Let’s just run this out until the end of year and we won’t have to worry about this guy anyway!!!!
Posted in AIG and CNA, AWOL Medical Records, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Delay, Deny, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Hope that I die, Injured Contractors, Interviews with Injured War Zone Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Suicide, Uncategorized, Veterans | Tagged: ALJ, ALJ orders, bad faith insurance, Civilian Contractors, CNA, CNA Insurance Company, CNA non payment of medical, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Medical Denials, Delay Deny Hope that I die, Department of Labor, Department of Labor District Director, DoL District Director, Injured War Zone Contractor, Negligence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ptsd, PTSD Suicide, Suicide, TBI | 6 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 21, 2012
A settlement is when the insurance company pays you a lump sum amount to close out your indemnity, your medical, or both.
It is only a settlement when you are paid a lump sum amount of money and you are done with the insurance company.
Nothing else is a settlement.
An agreement based on stipulations to pay you XX amount of money every month is not a settlement, your claim is not then settled.
And an agreement to provide your medical for your agreed upon injuries does not mean your medical is settled. In fact it means you will continue to litigate
But these agreements do allow the Insurance Company to seek reimbursement under the War Hazards Act as though they were settled
Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Chartis, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Liberty Mutual, Political Watch, War Hazards Act | Tagged: Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Insurance Companies, Defense Base Act Settlements, Lump Sum Settlement, Settlement | Leave a Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 21, 2012
The Defense Base Act provides for claimants fees to be paid by the Insurance Company.
Why then would Defense Base Act Attorneys either charge their DBA clients on a contingency basis, by the hour, or take their fees out of a settlement amount ?
And why would you let them?
Posted in Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, Uncategorized | Tagged: DBA, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorney, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Attorneys Fees, Defense Base Act Lawyer, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Defense Base Act Lawyers Fees, Defense Base Act Settlements | 2 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 12, 2012
Christopher Portier, chairman of the IARC working Group, said the group’s conclusion “was unanimous – that diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans”.
LONDON (Reuters) – June 12, 2012
Diesel engine exhaust fumes cause cancer in humans and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Tuesday.
The experts, who said their findings were unanimous and based on “compelling” scientific evidence, urged people across the world to reduce their exposure to diesel fumes wherever possible.
In an announcement likely to cause consternation among car and truck makers, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the WHO’s cancer department, reclassified diesel exhausts from its group 2A of probable carcinogens to its group 1 of substances that have definite links to cancer.
“The (expert) working group found that diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer and also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer,” it said in a statement.
Posted in Cancer, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act | Tagged: Cancer, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Diesel Exhaust, Diesel Exhaust Fumes, Lung Cancer, World Health Organization | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 5, 2012
Another Defense Base Act PTSD failure.
McIntosh took his own life in February in Harlingen, Texas. He was 35
Doug Robinson at Deseret News June 5, 2012
Dale McIntosh was no stranger to death. When it wasn’t everywhere around him, it was a constant threat, something that kept him literally looking over his shoulder for months at a time.
A former Marine, he hired himself out as a privately contracted bodyguard in the Middle East, where he lived on the edge and saw and did things so terrible that it haunted him. He survived firefights, ambushes, exploding cars, road mines, snipers and rocket-propelled grenades. In the end, he escaped without any wounds, or at least none we could see.
When he returned, he seemed to be the Dale that his friends remembered — charming, gregarious, warm, outgoing — but inside, he was hurting and disturbed. McIntosh brought demons home with him.
In 2006, I wrote a lengthy profile about McIntosh, then a student at Westminster who took time off from his studies to pursue quick money and an adrenaline fix in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the postscript: McIntosh took his own life in February in Harlingen, Texas. He was 35
After graduating from Utah State, Dale served five years in the Marines — part of it in special ops — but felt unfulfilled because he never saw action. He compared it to being an athlete who never got in the game. Eager to use his military skills and see action, he signed on to do private security work. At the time, there was a big demand for security firms, the most famous and controversial of which was Blackwater. With a shortage of manpower, the U.S. government hired the firms to protect American interests and personnel in the Middle East. They were largely ungoverned by law, which did not make them popular at home or abroad. McIntosh spent six months in Afghanistan, five months in Iraq, two months in Bosnia and then another two months in Iraq before returning to Utah in the fall of 2005.
Doug Robinson has written at length about his friend Dale. Please read the entire story here
Posted in Afghanistan, AIG and CNA, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Department of Labor, Iraq, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, PTSD and TBI, Veterans, Xe | Tagged: Academi, Blackwater, Civilian Contractor, Dale McIntosh, DBA Casualty, Defense Base Act, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Private Security Contractor, PTSD Suicide, Suicide, Xe | 1 Comment »