Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

US Soldiers Being Killed by Psychiatric Drugs

“I believe there are many more soldiers and Marines who have died in their sleep just like the four in West Virginia,” said Mr. White, a retired high school principal. “I think what we have found is just the tip of the iceberg, but we need more national publicity to help us find others who have lost loved ones and are looking for answers.”

Washington Times

EXCLUSIVE: After death of son, dad takes cases to Capitol Hill

Andrea Billups and Audrey HudsonThursday, November 13, 2008

A West Virginia man whose son survived the battlefields of Iraq only to die in his sleep at home is crusading to find other military families whose loved ones also have died after taking drugs prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Monday, April 20, 2009

VA: 3 patients HIV-positive after clinic mistakes

Three patients exposed to contaminated medical equipment at Veterans Affairs hospitals have tested positive for HIV, the agency said Friday.

Initial tests show one patient each from VA medical facilities in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Augusta, Ga.; and Miami has the virus that causes AIDS, according to a VA statement.

The three cases included one positive HIV test reported earlier this month, but the VA didn't identify the facility involved at the time.

The patients are among more than 10,000 getting tested because they were treated with endoscopic equipment that wasn't properly sterilized and exposed them to other people's body fluids.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Two Wounded GIs Die Mysteriously at BAMC

The Army is investigating the deaths of two soldiers who were recovering from wounds at Brooke Army Medical Center, one of them a survivor of a car bomb blast in Baghdad.

Chief Warrant Officer 1 Judson Erik Mount and Spc. Craig Reginald Hamilton died April 7 and March 27, respectively, prompting criminal intelligence division investigations and autopsies, the Army said Thursday.

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-- submitted by Lois Vanderbur

Friday, April 10, 2009

Ceremony to Recognize Vets Not Eligible for Vietnam Wall Inclusion

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2009 - One-hundred twenty-three American heroes from the Vietnam War era will be honored posthumously this month during the annual In Memory Day ceremony, according to Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

"In Memory Day" was created to pay tribute to the men and women who died prematurely from noncombat injuries and emotional suffering caused directly by the Vietnam War, but who are not eligible to have their names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A list of the honorees and their hometowns is available at

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Soldiers Survive War, But Not Inner Demons

From the CBS Evening News.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

"I am under a lot of pressure to not diagnose PTSD"

A secret recording reveals the Army may be pushing its medical staff not to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder. The Army and Senate have ignored the implications.

Editor's note: Last June, during a medical appointment, a patient named "Sgt. X" recorded an Army psychologist at Fort Carson, Colo., saying that he was under pressure not to diagnose combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Listen to a segment of the tape here.

By Michael de Yoanna and Mark Benjamin

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Mysterious death of Kendall Marine in Iraq is probed

Department of Defense officials say few details will be available in the coming weeks about the mysterious death of a U.S. Marine from Miami-Dade County who was shot dead while at a military facility in Iraq's Anbar province

Lance Cpl. Nelson M. Lantigua, 20, was killed on March 31 ''as a result of a nonhostile incident,'' according to a report released by the U.S. Marine Public Affairs Office

Family members confirmed reports Lantigua was found dead is his bed.

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Army lied about how my son died in Iraq: Friendly-fire victim was 'misidentified' as enemy gunman

WASHINGTON - Army brass in Iraq whitewashed an incident of a soldier killed by his own lieutenant by blaming the dead hero, stonewalling his family and promoting his killer, the Daily News has learned.

The friendly-fire victim, Pfc. David Sharrett, 27, of Oakton, Va., was "misidentified" by 1stLt. Timothy Hanson as an enemy gunman during a botched night raid Jan. 16, 2008, against an Al Qaeda in Iraq stronghold north of Baghdad, the Army belatedly acknowledged.

Sharrett bled to death as his buddies searched frantically for him for 25 minutes after the firefight ended.

For four months after the Army knew the truth, it still insisted to Sharrett's father that he was killed by enemy fire - and gave only atemporary wrist slap to Hanson under pressure from the families of Sharrett and two other G.I.s killed in the clash.

After The News uncovered new video evidence and raised questions, a 101st Airborne Division general said the probe into Sharrett's death may reopen.

"The final decisions and dispositions have yet to be made," Brig. Gen. Steve Townsend said.

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