• October 31, 2014

Parents angry at VA after son’s suicide

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19 comments:

  • sheri posted at 1:23 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    sheri Posts: 7

    Mamma I never said you didn't know anything read what I wrote. I never said you I said people, and thank you for doing what you do that a wonderful deal. I am speaking from the educational aspect. I am a councilor for PTSD/TBI and had to go to school for years to be able to do so. That is where I am speaking from also from being in the military myself. People can be very ugly when it comes to this subject and only because it becomes personal and feel they are being attacked.. I will never change my mind that medication is the answer. It is only a band aide to the problem.

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 12:35 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 257

    sheri:: I guess after volunteering for 20+ years at a V A hospital I don't know anything about PTSD. And at the present time I am around veterans, some with PTSD, and they are on medications and none of them have gone off their rockers. Oh, that is four evenings a week. Not just occasionally. I am taking an evening off this week-- gotta celebrate my 79th birthday. Hope the cats will enjoy the cat food I am going to give them.

     
  • sheri posted at 12:00 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    sheri Posts: 7

    Mamma Griz what I am saying is, all that is happening is some of the veterans are being over medicated and it is not the answer, Yes there is a place for that but not the answer. It is not a cure all. It takes more the medications to solve/help with PTSD. I understand people have their own opinions on things and a lot of them don't have the knowledge to back it up. Medications can help to a point, but it takes a lot more than pills to help with PTSD. If they do get into the VA they say here take these and make a appointment which maybe 3 to 6 months out.

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 11:34 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 257

    sheri:: Did I say anything about drugs? I said "prescribed medications"-- I am on prescribed medications and NONE of them are classed as drugs. I take that back-- I take low-dose aspirin, one a night. And it can be an answer-- except when the patient abuses them. It is like doctoring an animal. If one pill makes it feel better then five would make it feel very much better. Sometimes giving it the wrong dosage can kill it.

     
  • Bubba posted at 10:22 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 727

    Please. This kind of comment betrays your intellectual failures. Time will find that the decision to fight terrorism was the right thing to do. Those of you who continue to deny this, only because of your lack of judgment and ideological fanatical dogma, are actually siding with our enemies.

     
  • Bubba posted at 10:19 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 727

    I am from the Fort Hood area. I could not disagree with you more, and accept my condolences for your loss.

     
  • sheri posted at 9:53 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    sheri Posts: 7

    Drugs are not the answer!

     
  • sheri posted at 9:51 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    sheri Posts: 7

    You and I both know what is wrong with this picture. The only way it will change is if we don't take it anymore, but until then it is going to have to be civilians helping our veterans. I never ever wanted to be a gold star mother ever. No mother does! Over 25 a day are becoming one!

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 9:49 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 257

    I have known of veterans who discontinued taking their prescribed medications-- and went off their rocker and committed suicide. So you can't always blame the V A medical center. If they live in the dom, they have to go to the clinic in the dom and take their meds in front of the medical staff. But when they live out, the med staff can't supervise the taking of the meds.

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 9:39 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 257

    What's wrong with this picture? Well, if we hadn't been hoodwinked into going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan we wouldn't have all that many suffering vets. The older vets-- from WW2-- are dying out.

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 9:30 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 257

    Just in case you don't know it, St. Cloud, MN, is not around here. You said "Bubba you are right to a point. I don't know where you are from, but the is a VA around her that turns veterans away at the door even if they are suicidal". Or are you from St. Cloud, MN? If so, you should have pointed that out. We are in Texas, not Minnesota.

     
  • sheri posted at 9:15 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    sheri Posts: 7

    St Coud Mn

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 8:38 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 257

    Sheri, where is there a V A around here that turns veterans away at the door. I don't know of one that does that.

     
  • sheri posted at 7:00 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    sheri Posts: 7

    Bubba you are right to a point. I don't know where you are from, but the is a VA around her that turns veterans away at the door even if they are suicidal. Because of that I know personally veterans have taken their lives because of it. My son asked for help repeatedly and got screwed on the base in Hood. Bottom line it is dollar and cents. It is cheaper for the military if our babies take their lives than to help them. That is why I do what I do know I will not stand by and let this keep happening if I can help it.

     
  • Bubba posted at 4:06 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 727

    Because veterans are filing claims at record rates. That is why there is a "backlog" of processing. There are only so many hours in a day, and the claims process is a quasi-legal one that many veterans do not understand well nor participate in.

     
  • sheri posted at 11:30 am on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    sheri Posts: 7

    My son Trever went to his commanders 3 separate times at FT. Hood and was suicidal and asked for help! He even told them how he was going to do it. They shoved him out the door and my son lost his battle with PTSD last year June 21, 2012. I have been fighting for our veterans ever since. They killed my son and I will be dammed if I just sit around and let others die by suicide. Every veteran is somebodies baby!

     
  • 7gentxn posted at 10:35 am on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    7gentxn Posts: 32

    While our Vets are suffering Emperor Obama and his family are living in the lap of luxury. What's wrong with this picture?!?

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 9:39 am on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 257

    I wonder why the V A is behind on claims (a sarcastic statement)! If we hadn't had two wars-- at least one of them is over but the V A is having people filing claims because of it. And there are veterans dying and leaving survivors-- and the V A has those claims to take care of also.

    Sometimes I wonder if the veteran himself should be more responsible about doctor's appointments. That is why someone invented calendars to hang on the wall or put in your pocket. It is so much easier for one veteran to call and do a check on an appointment than for two clerks to have to call a hundred veterans to remind them.

    The main word::RESPONSIBILITY.

     
  • Bubba posted at 8:18 am on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 727

    This is certainly a tragedy.

    However, a veteran, in obvious distress, had access to a firearm. These are the results. Why weren't steps taken to prevent this act by the veteran, by his family?

     

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