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PTSD Often Sneaks up on Older Veterans

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Many older vets struggle with symptoms diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but have lived most of their lives without treating the psychological issues that come along with it.

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Records: Iraq War vet had been in mental hospital--Routh admits:"traded his soul for a new truck"

Records: Iraq War vet had been in mental hospital--Routh admits:"traded his soul for a new truck" | Veterans Health | Scoop.it

Affidavit: Iraq War vet refers to stolen truck

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police documents say the Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range told a relative that he "traded his soul for a new truck."

 

The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had been taken to a mental hospital twice in the past four months, police records show.

Eddie Ray Routh was taken to a mental hospital on Sept. 2 after threatening to kill his family and then commit suicide, according to police records in Lancaster, where Routh lives. Authorities found Routh walking nearby with no shirt and no shoes, and smelling of alcohol. Routh told authorities he was a Marine veteran who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Eddie stated he was hurting and that his family does not understand what he has been through," the report said.

Routh's mother told police that her son had been drinking and became upset when his father said he was going to sell his gun. She said Routh began arguing with them and said he was going to "blow his brains out."

Police took Routh to Green Oaks Hospital for psychiatric care.

Dallas police records show Routh was taken back to the same mental hospital in mid-January after a woman called police and said she feared for Routh's safety.

Routh, 25, is charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book "American Sniper," and his friendChad Littlefield at a shooting range Saturday in Glen Rose. He is on suicide watch in the Erath County Jail, where he's being held on $3 million bond, Sheriff Tommy Bryant said.

Routh, a member of the Marines Corps Reserve, appeared ready to assault jailers Sunday night when they entered his solitary confinement cell because he refused to return his food tray, Bryant said. After warnings, jailers used a stun gun once and then put Routh in a chair that restrains his arms and legs, Bryant said.

Bryant said Routh has an attorney but hasn't met with him at the jail in Stephenville, about 75 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Routh has not said anything to investigators, Bryant said.

Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Routh's mother and sister were unsuccessful Monday.

Sundae Hughes, an aunt of Routh's, said she watched him grow up but hasn't seen him since his high school graduation in 2006.

Hughes was in disbelief that her nephew could be involved in such an incident.

"He has a kind heart (and was) someone willing to jump in and help, no matter what it was," she said.

Routh joined the Marines in 2006 and rose to the rank of corporal in 2010. His military specialty was small-arms technician, commonly known as an armorer. He had been stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and served in Iraq from 2007-08 and in the Haiti disaster relief mission in 2010.

He is now in the individual ready reserve, which basically means he's a civilian. He could be called to duty, but it's uncommon unless he volunteers, said 1st Lt. Dominic Pitrone of theMarine Forces Services public affairs office.

Travis Cox, director of FITCO Cares — the nonprofit that Kyle set up to give in-home fitness equipment to physically and emotionally wounded veterans — said he believes that Kyle and Littlefield were helping Routh work through PTSD.

Cox said Routh's mother may have asked Kyle to help her son, but Cox didn't know how Routh and Kyle knew each other. He said the shooting range event was not a FITCO session.

Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver, who served with Kyle in Iraq in 2006, wasn't surprised that Kyle apparently used a shooting range to help someone with PTSD.

"For us, for warriors, that's a skill set that has become very familiar, very comfortable for us," said Denver, a lieutenant commander in a reserve SEAL team. "So I actually see it as kind of a perfect use of Chris' unique skill set and expertise of which he has very few peers."


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Earlier news reports on Fox said it was unclear if Routh had been officially diagnosed with PTSD by a doctor or on any medication or treatment. It sounds like after being admitted to a mental hospital a couple times in the past four months someone would have been able to determine he was a danger to himself and others based on his threats to kill his family or "blow his brains out."

 

I wonder if Chris Kyle was aware of Routh's time in the mental hospital and threats he made on his family and to kill himself?? He went back to the mental hospital in mid-January after a woman, earlier reports said was his girlfriend, called police because she feared he would harm himself. 

 

Why did they ever release him?? Again, it seems we have a case of a breakdown in our mental health system and legal system after he had previously been reported for making threats to his family, to his girlfriend and threatening to kill himself. I have a feeling Chris Kyle was not aware of these threats and how dangerous and mentally unstable Eddie Routh was. 

 

The CEO of Kyle's PTSD nonprofit said the shooting range event was not a FITCO session, where they work with PTSD, wonded vets and provide them in-home fitness equipment. Unfortunately,Kyle must have thought he could help Routh and didn't realize the complexity of Routh's mental health and he let his guard down. As a percaution they should have always had one of them watching Routh and not turning their back on him, especially while handling a deadly weapon. I don't blame Kyle for trying to help and offer support and friendship to Routh, but I think he didn't realize the risk he was putting himself in because he was not made aware how mentally unstable Eddie Routh was.

 

Sadly, instead of taking his own life, he killed two great Americans and one an American Legend, Chris Kyle an "American Sniper".

 

Based on the affidaivit it sounds like Eddie Routh knew what he was doing, since he fled the scene, told his sister and then went home and tried to escape police. It also sounds like the unemployed former Iraq Marine may have killed Chris Kyle because he wanted to steal his truck!! What a tragedy and senseless reason to kill someone. 

 

Did he think the truck would make him happy and make his life better?? Now he is in jail, on suicide watch and will likely face the death penalty in Texas for the death of Chris Kyle and his friend.

 

See my recent update to this post at PatDollard.com:

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/motive-american-sniper-killer-admitstraded-his-soul-for-a-new-truck/ ;

 

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Kyle leaves behind his wife and two kids. Please keep them in  your thoughts and prayers.

 

To donate to the family a fund is being set up through http://americasmightywarriors.org  founded by Gold Star Mother, Debbie Lee, the mother of fallen SEAL Marc Alan Lee the first SEAL to lose his life in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2006.

 

Learn more about Chris Kyle here:

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Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Murdered in Texas--25yro Former Iraq Vet&Marine In Custody  http://sco.lt/9JWKsT

 

Conspiracy?Chris Kyle The Third High Profile Firearms Business Owner Killed in Past Month, Along With Up To 33 Other SEALs The Past Four Years http://www.scoop.it/t/littlebytesnews-election-2012/p/3995898448/conspiracy-chris-kyle-the-third-high-profile-firearms-business-owner-killed-in-past-month-along-with-30-seals-the-past-four-years-pat-dollard ;

 

Photo:Eddie Routh was captured in Lancaster in connection with two fatal shootings-One which killed Elite Navy SEAL Chris Kyle http://www.scoop.it/t/littlebytesnews-election-2012/p/3995872993/photo-eddie-routh-was-captured-in-lancaster-in-connection-with-two-fatal-shootings-one-which-killed-elite-navy-seal-chris-kyle

 

 

 

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Sexual Trauma Remains a Serious Problem in the Military - Independent Voter Network

Sexual Trauma Remains a Serious Problem in the Military - Independent Voter Network | Veterans Health | Scoop.it
Independent Voter Network Sexual Trauma Remains a Serious Problem in the Military Independent Voter Network Given the widespread accounts of military sexual trauma, occurring from recruiting offices to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response...
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UNITED STATES: New study investigates omega-3 role in veterans' suicide prevention

UNITED STATES: New study investigates omega-3 role in veterans' suicide prevention | Veterans Health | Scoop.it

A new three-year study of omega-3 fatty acids from fish will determine if the substance can reduce the unusually high risk of suicide among military veterans, where the rate is higher than in the population as a whole.

The USD 10 million-study being conducted for the Army was announced this week by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the Veterans Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

It will be funded by the Department of Defense and conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina. The study will test whether feeding omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils to veterans can relieve their anxieties and depression, NBC News reports.

“The problem is coming to a head with the recognition that in the military, you’re more likely to die by suicide than by enemy combatant – and that’s not acceptable,” said Ron Acierno, a co-investigator at MUSC and the nearby Ralph H Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Centre.

In the study, veterans already receiving mental health services will be consuming smoothies high in omega-3 for a six-month period, while the control group will be given a placebo.

Set to begin in South Carolina in January 2013, the experiment is part of the Defense Department's heightened focus on suicide prevention in light of increasing suicide attempts among service members.

Omega-3s are the main fats in the brain and are vital for neural function and normal brain development, according to Bernadette Marriott, a professor in the Institute of Psychiatry at MUSC and the principal investigator in the study, AP reports.

“Through other studies it's been found that they can help improve depression significantly,” she said.

The Veterans Administration estimates that 20 per cent of the suicides committed across the US are by veterans and that the rate among them is almost twice as high as in the general population.

“One of the questions this study hopes to address is, do we see a clinical effect that is strong enough that the military would then consider providing supplements to all military personnel, not just those who are already experiencing depression?” she said.

Acierno said the study will help researchers decide if this is a venture worth pursuing.

“If the intervention shows effects with people who are at risk, we then back it out a step and say here we have a minimal side-effect inexpensive intervention that helps people with risk factors. Does it work for everybody?” he asked.

Acierno noted that suicide rates among veterans are high whether the veterans have been deployed to war zones or not, ostensibly because those who do not go into combat experience stress as well.

“The military as an occupation is not a low-stress job,” he said. “They interact with dangerous equipment and in dangerous conditions under training conditions of extreme stress. If you combine that with the stresses of daily life it may exacerbate what may have already been a depression or a suicidality.”

 

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How will Affordable Care Act affect veterans? New VA website has answers

The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new website explaining the likely impact of the Affordable Care Act on former troops and their families.

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U.S. Army Reserves commander in Mattydale awarded Purple Heart for traumatic brain injury suffered in Iraq

U.S. Army Reserves commander in Mattydale awarded Purple Heart for traumatic brain injury suffered in Iraq | Veterans Health | Scoop.it
Wednesday marked the 231st anniversary of George Washington's creation of the medal later known as the Purple Heart.
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Navy SEAL who raided Bin Laden compound has suffered 'traumatic brain injury and memory loss', trial of Bradley Manning reveals

Navy SEAL who raided Bin Laden compound has suffered 'traumatic brain injury and memory loss', trial of Bradley Manning reveals | Veterans Health | Scoop.it
The raid member, identified only as 'John Doe,' may testify at Manning's trial to demonstrate that files that Manning released to WikiLeaks ended up in bin Laden's possession, as they were found inside his Abbottabad, Pakistan, complex when it was...

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$300 Million to Help End Veteran Homelessness -- Veterans Health Administration

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$300 million more for a VA program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families which is helping prevent and end homelessness among tens of thousands of homeless Veterans and their families.


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