Posts Tagged ‘Suicide’
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 13, 2012
Left untreated, the effects of PTSD on law enforcement can be terrible. In 2012 so far, more police have died by their own hand than by gunfire.
Workers Comp Insider August 13, 2012
Thanks to Workers Comp Insider for this timely and important article
Last month, there was a story about a South Carolina sheriff who was denied workers comp benefits for metal distress that he suffered after fatally shooting a suspect. In Brandon Bentley v. Spartanburg County, and S.C. Association of Counties SIF, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld a lower court denial saying that “…the use of deadly force is an expected and standard part of being a sheriff and is “not an unusual or extraordinary employment condition” that might qualify for workers’ compensation under the state’s restricted coverage for purely mental injuries. In citing statistics, the Sheriff had unsuccessfully tried to demonstrate that such a shooting was indeed an extraordinary event in Spartanburg County. “
The Court noted that it made its decision according to the law as it is written but “… the court did say the state law related to mental injuries should be updated. If South Carolina lawmakers revised state law, it would join a handful of others, wrote the court. Hawaii, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Oregon already do not require that the conditions of employment be unusual and extraordinary in order for someone to collect compensation.” (Source: Court brings new focus on mental health of law enforcement.)
Hopefully, his community or his police force sees the wisdom of extending some counseling to this officer, despite the denial of full benefits. Re-examining this issue makes good sense. While risks may well be part of the job, people are not automatons that can shut out the emotional residue of terrible events, regardless of training. PTSD is very real, and we must get better at dealing with it. This story was brought to mind again after watching the hard-working police Chief of Aurora Colorado reporting on the gruesome task that his staff faced in responding to the tragedy. In one of his daily updates, his voice broke when he spoke of the stress and toll this took on first responders.
Left untreated, the effects of PTSD on law enforcement can be terrible. In 2012 so far, more police have died by their own hand than by gunfire. According to Badge of Life, a police suicide prevention program, there have been 73 police suicides this year vs. 19 officers killed by gunfire. Badge of Life is conducting A Study of Police Suicides. The first full study of police suicides in all 50 states was published in 2009 in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. At that time, the suicide rate for police officers was 17/100,000, compared to the rate for the general public of 11/100,000 and 20/100,000 for the Army.
Badge of Life points us to a documentary that is in progress on the topic, Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance. It’s being co-produced by the wife of a retired state trooper suffering with PTSD, exploring the darker side of law enforcement as it tells the stories of police officers and their families who are now suffering the mental anguish of the careers they chose, which has led some to suicide. Click the above link or the image below to see a powerful excerpt from the documentary. You can get more information on the Code 9 Facebook page.
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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.
PTSD Claims to be Expedited
CNA’s Deadly Paper Games do not begin or end with this Injured War Zone Contractor
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!!!!
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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 stands with children in Central America. McIntosh did private security work in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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 »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 5, 2012
Joseph R Clyde – “JC”, Clydesdale
Jan 14, 1970 – Jan 28, 2012 – RIP
Iraq 2005 -2009 BT – Anaconda
Tribute to those who gave all
Posted in AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Dropping the DBA Ball, PTSD and TBI, Suicide | Tagged: Contractor Casualty, Joseph R Clyde, ptsd, PTSD Suicide, Suicide | 5 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 28, 2012
“Danelle will say her husband died of a battle wound, it just took him 2-and-a-half-years to die.”
Here and Now Boston February 28, 2012
There is no doubt the U.S. military has beefed up its suicide prevention efforts in recent years, adding mental health staff to deal with the huge influx of returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan but the suicides continue–an astonishing 18 veterans killed themselves each day, according to a recent Washington Post article.
The piece was written by the paper’s military reporter Greg Jaffe and it centers on the 2010 death of a former Marine, Maj. Jeff Hack, who killed himself more than two years after he left the military.
As Jaffe writes, Hackett was a standout Marine, plucked from the enlisted ranks to become an officer. But serving in Iraq, when 13 men under his command were killed, turned him on himself. After his first tour, he tried to retire early, but the Marines said “no” and sent him back for that second tour.
Once he came home for good, what happened will sound familiar to the families of other returning vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Heavy drinking, erratic behavior, and finally suicide in an America legion hall in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
What happened after Hackett’s death is really the subject of Greg Jaffe’s story, because while the Veterans Administration acknowledges Maj. Jeff Hackett died as a result of chronic PTSD connected to his Iraq experience, it still denied his widow Danelle a $400,000 life insurance claim.
Please see the original and read more here
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Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 24, 2012
Editors Note: A murder would be covered under the DBA, a suicide would not ….
Vicki Terrell Comment left on November 7, 2010
I know for a fact the the CID in Afghanistan do not investigate all of the cases!
My husband, Paul A. Terrell, was murdered on base at Camp Phoenix on June 17, 2010 and they are trying to say that it was a suicide. It was NOT suicide! He had only been back on base for a few hours after a 2 week vacation home.
He was retired from the US Navy and on his third tour as a civilian contractor.
His passport is still missing along with his cell phone he had just called me from.
They have given me at least 5 places where his passport is and every place they say claims to not have it.
He was hung in his shop in the early hours of June 17.
When they sent me the list of evidence from the scene, the top of the list was a cigarette butt. When I told them that my husband did NOT smoke, they said they would do DNA on the cigarette.
Now they claim that the DNA matched and when they sent his things home they DID NOT send his shaving kit (obviously where I could have gotten DNA).
They waited to send everything home until he was cremated so I could not get his DNA.
Thinking I could trust the military to due a proper investigation
I WILL eventually find out what happened and clear my husband’s name, but until then there will not be any closure for myself or our 2 granddaughters that we are raising. I have contacted 2 of his friends there only to be hung up on or ignored.
It makes me wonder if they are afraid or been ordered not to talk to me.
If anyone out there knows of someone that will investigate this, please let me know.
My husband was not depressed or unhappy. He was there to serve his country and make the money to send our girls to college. We were very happily married without problems. A few hours before he had even gone jogging and told these friends about us looking for a new home in Florida on his vacation!
I ask you…Is this a man that would have committed suicide? Absolutely not…He WAS murdered!!!
Posted in Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act | Tagged: Afghanistan, Civilian Contractor, Contractor Casualties, Contractor Casualty, Former Navy First Class Petty Officer, Murder, Paul A Terrell, Suicide, Vicki Terrell | 4 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on December 13, 2011
WRAL.com December 13, 2011
Raeford, N.C. — A Fort Bragg soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan shot and killed his wife before turning a gun on himself, Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Tuesday.
Deputies responded to 115 Patolly Place after receiving a 911 call late Saturday and found two people dead inside from gunshot wounds, Peterkin said.
Investigators determined that Seth Andrews, 24, killed Hillary Morgan Andrews and then committed suicide.
According to information that Fort Bragg provided to investigators, Seth Andrews returned from a one-year deployment to Afghanistan between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29.
The case remains under investigation
Please see the original here
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Posted by defensebaseactcomp on October 18, 2011
Sadly this reads like so many Defense Base Act PTSD Suicides, Neglect and unreasonable demands….
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. Courthouse News October 18, 2011
Neglect and unreasonable demands from the Veterans Administration caused another Iraq war veteran to kill himself,
his widow claims in Federal Court. She says that despite a doctor’s “clear diagnosis” of post-traumatic stress disorder, from roadside bombs, including one that killed 93 people, the VA refused to admit he suffered from PTSD, with excuses such as “the diagnosis ‘does not specify which Diagnostic and Statistical Manual was used’”; and that he “‘failed to provide dates of the incidents or names of any casualties.’”
Tracy Eiswert says her husband Scott suffered substandard care from the VA hospital in Mountain Home, Tenn., before he killed himself in 2008. He was 31. She survives, with their two young children.
It’s the latest in a string of lawsuits from families of veterans nationwide, who say the VA was less than helpful after veterans returned from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The VA in July 2010 relaxed requirements for veterans seeking service-connected PTSD benefits, but the agency still faces criticism for its mental health services.
The 9th Circuit ruled this year in a California class action that the “VA’s failure to provide adequate procedures for veterans facing prejudicial delays in the delivery of mental health care violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment,” according to Tracy Eiswert’s complaint.
Scott Eiswert joined the National Guard in 2001 and served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
Tracy Eiswert says her husband first sought help for his symptoms after he was honorably discharged in November 2005.
She says Scott saw a professional counselor at a private mental health facility in Greeneville for almost 4 months. Scott’s symptoms included depression, acute insomnia, extreme stress and irritability, according to medical records described in the complaint.
His counselor recommended individual psychotherapy and reported to Scott’s physician that he “certainly appears to meet the criteria for PTSD,” the complaint states.
According to the medical records, in May 2006, Scott’s counselor wrote a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, stating: “After meeting with Mr. Eiswert for several appointments, we have established a diagnosis of PTSD, per the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual Criteria.”
The widow says her husband applied to the VA for service-connected PTSD benefits based on the counselor’s diagnosis.
The complaint states:
“In the application Scott describes a number of incidents in Iraq as follows:
“Various Route Clearances – Roadside Bombs, Raids
“Convoy Escorts, all the Outside Wire Dangers and Stresses.
“Close Calls on Roadside Bombs
“Car Bombs and the Destruction they Cause, Including Civilian Fatalities (Body Parts)
“‘I was on a Raid with Fellow Soldiers when they got Blown-Up by a Massive Roadside Bomb. (93 Dead, 1 Crippled)” [Punctuation as in complaint.]
But the VA denied his claims three times before he killed himself, his widow says.
In its September 2006 denial, the VA stated that Scott’s counselor “does not specify which Diagnostic and Statistical Manual was used.’ The denial analysis also states that even though Scott provided ‘sufficient details concerning a stressor …’ it ‘failed to provide dates of the incidents or names of any casualties.’” (Ellipsis in complaint).
Tracy Eiswert says the VA doctor who assessed Scott did not have access to the records of Scott’s private counselor and “relied entirely on Scott’s narrative to make his assessment.” She says the VA doctor “concluded that ‘veteran has current diagnosis of depression, NOS. He does describe symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, however not enough to meet criteria.’”
(NOS apparently indicates “not otherwise specified.”)
The VA denied Scott’s claim a second time in November 2006, after receiving additional medical records from the Tennessee National Guard.
Tracy Eiswert says VA doctors gave Scott medications for depression and insomnia, but he did not tolerate them well.
By early 2007, Scott reported increased marital and family problems, increased irritability, nightmares, night sweats and difficulty sleeping, according to medical records in the complaint
Please read the entire story at Courthouse News
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Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 29, 2011
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld begins to sign a copy of his book for Jorge Gonzalez while Ashley Joppa-Hagemann looks on. Gonzalez and Joppa-Hagemann were later escorted from the event Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Mrs. Joppa-Hagemann introduced herself by handing a copy of her husband’s funeral program to Rumsfeld, and telling him that her husband had joined the military because he believed the lies told by Rumsfeld during his tenure with the Bush administration.
The News Tribune August 29,2011
Two people were removed from a Donald Rumsfeld book signing Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, including the Yelm widow of an Army Ranger who blames the military for her husband’s suicide.
Security officers for the former secretary of defense escorted Ashley Joppa-Hagemann out by the arm, she said Saturday. She and Jorge Gonzalez, the executive director of Coffee Strong, a Lakewood-based anti-war group, confronted Rumsfeld as he promoted his memoir, “Known and Unknown.”
According to an account posted on Coffee Strong’s website: “Mrs. Joppa-Hagemann introduced herself by handing a copy of her husband’s funeral program to Rumsfeld, and telling him that her husband had joined the military because he believed the lies told by Rumsfeld during his tenure with the Bush administration.”
Joppa-Hagemann complained about Rumsfeld’s response Friday to her account of Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann’s multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and his death at age 25. Hagemann belonged to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
The website said Rumsfeld’s “only response was to callously quip, ‘Oh yeah, I heard about that.’”
Please read more here
Posted in Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Suicide | Tagged: 75th Ranger Regiment, Ashley Joppa-Hagemann, Coffee Strong, Donald Rumsfeld, Suicide | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 29, 2011
UPI August 29, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 (UPI) — A U.S. Army officer suspected of shooting four people to death and wounding two police officers was found dead Sunday in Pennsylvania, authorities said.
The body of Capt. Leonard Egland, 37, of Fort Lee, Va., was found in brush on a vacant lot in Warwick Township about 3:40 p.m., The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Buck County District Attorney David W. Heckler said. Egland apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said.
The newspaper said Egland took flight after allegedly gunning down his estranged wife, her boyfriend and the man’s son in Virginia. He then apparently drove to the Philadelphia area where he shot his former mother-in-law dead at her home in Buckingham Township Saturday night.
Investigators said Egland had his young daughter with him and dropped her at the emergency room of a hospital in Quakertown. Hospital personnel called police but Egland allegedly fled and later fired at pursuing officers. Two Doylestown officers suffered minor wounds.
The Inquirer said Egland apparently returned to Virginia from an overseas deployment last week
Please read the entire story at UPI
Posted in Melt Down, PTSD and TBI | Tagged: Captain Leonard Egland, Murder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ptsd, Suicide | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 14, 2011
And comrades say his death is a warning that returning troops and their families need more help to cope with post-combat stress
New Hampshire Sunday News
James Keenan was a “true-blue American hero,” and that’s how his family wants people to remember him.
Keenan, a decorated New Hampshire Army National Guardsman, volunteered for two tours of duty in Iraq, earning the Bronze Star with Valor for saving his entire squad in an ambush nearly seven years ago.
The evening of June 29, Keenan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his Newmarket apartment.
Keenan, 33, left behind his parents and sister, a 7-year-old son, Robbie — and far more questions than answers.
Posted in Hope that I die, Melt Down, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Suicide | Tagged: James Keenan, Post Combat Stress, Post Traumatic Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ptsd, Suicide | Leave a Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 13, 2011
“And there’s no way that any God would forgive him – that he was going to hell,” says Ashley. “He couldn’t live with that any more.”
Kokomo News August 13, 2011
JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. – A soldier’s widow says his fellow Army Rangers wouldn’t do anything to help him before he took his own life – after eight deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Army found Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann’s body at a training area of Joint Base Lewis McChord a few weeks ago.
A spokesman for the base tells KOMO News that the nature of the death is still undetermined. But Staff Sgt. Hagemann’s widow says her husband took his own life – and it didn’t need to happen.
“It was just horrible. And he would just cry,” says Ashley Hagemann.
Ashley says her husband Jared tried to come to grips with what he’d seen and done on his eight deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“And there’s no way that any God would forgive him – that he was going to hell,” says Ashley. “He couldn’t live with that any more.”
Please read more here
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Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 27, 2011
General Petraeus’ Link to Troubling Suicide in Iraq: The Ted Westhusing Story
Before putting a bullet through his head, Westhusing had been deeply disturbed by abuses carried out by American contractors in Iraq, including allegations that they had witnessed or even participated in the murder of Iraqis.
See Also Journey That Ended in Anguish by T Christian Miller
The scourge of suicides among American troops and reservists in Iraq and Afghanistan remains a serious and seriously underreported problem.
Last month they hit a new high in the US Army, despite intensive new efforts to prevent them. One of the few high-profile cases emerged six years ago this month, and it involves a much-admired Army colonel and ethicist named Ted Westhusing — who, in his suicide note, pointed a finger at a then little-known U.S. general named David Petraeus.
Westhusing’s widow, asked by a friend what killed this West Point scholar, replied simply: “Iraq.”
‘Something he saw [in Iraq] drove him to this,’ one Army officer who was close to Westhusing said in an interview. ‘The sum of what he saw going on drove him’ to take his own life.
‘It’s because he believed in duty, honor, country that he’s dead.’”
Please read the entire story at The Nation
Posted in AIG and CNA, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Insurance, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Melt Down, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, T Christian Miller | Tagged: Civilian Contractors, Ethics, ptsd, PTSD Suicide, Suicide | Leave a Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 27, 2011
Army Times May 25, 2011
The Veterans Affairs Department’s Veterans Crisis Line received 14,000 calls in April, the highest monthly volume ever recorded for the four-year-old suicide prevention program.
“Every day last month, more than 400 calls were received,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairwoman who disclosed the call volume during a Wednesday hearing. “While it is heartening to know that these calls for help are being answered, it is a sad sign of desperation and difficulties our veterans face that there are so many in need of a lifeline.”
The hotline, established in 2007, is a suicide prevention and crisis counseling program available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number is 800-273-8255.
Antonette Zeiss, VA’s chief mental health officer, said that since the 2007 launch, the call center has received more than 400,000 calls, referred 55,000 veterans to local suicide prevention coordinators for same-day or next-day help and initiated 15,000 “rescues” of callers near suicide.
Please see the original here
Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, PTSD and TBI, Veterans Affairs | Tagged: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ptsd, PTSD Suicide, Suicide | 1 Comment »
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
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.
Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Dyncorp, Injured Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, PTSD and TBI | Tagged: Civilian Contractors, CNA, Dyncorp, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Private Security Contractors, ptsd, Suicide | 10 Comments »