Archive for Military / Veteran

Family of West Point cadet who died by suicide blames medical negligence at Portland VA — (Task & Purpose)
SSRI Ed note: Woman prescribed Prozac by VA after ankle injury becomes suicidal, anxious, reports that the med is the problem, is ignored, dies by suicide. Parents sue.
Officials: Man who killed mother, stepfather, another man had recently stopped taking medication — (WMURG)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran, long-time user of "mental health medications" stops them, becomes psychotic, kills parents, friend, himself.
Liverpool soldier killed himself weeks after suicide of friend with PTSD — (The Liverpool Echo)
SSRI Ed note: Iraq veteran consumed by anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, suicide attempts. Perhaps hismeds did more than "numb" him.
Man who killed Colorado deputy fled mental ward in 2014, document shows — (The Chicago Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Honorably discharged army veteran, lawyer on multiple psych meds stockpiles ammunition, starts acting strangely, shoots at police officers, kills 1, injures 4.
Ex-Fort Carson soldier admits to killing man in botched robbery — (Colorado Springs Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Ex-soldier diagnosed with PTSD, on medication for depression and anxiety, breaks in to a home with plans to steal, stabs a man to death. Gets 45 - 60 yrs.
What happened to Lionel Desmond? An Afghanistan veteran whose war wouldn’t end — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Afghanistan vet, given Effexor, Risperdal, Zopiclone, Prazosin for PTSD, gets worse, shoots and kills his mother, wife, daughter and himself. PTSD blamed.
Family: Shooting suspect ‘lost his mind’ after tour in Iraq — (MSN.com)
SSRI Ed note: Ft Lauderdale Shooter: Iraq vet feels bad, gets psychiatric treatment, "loses his mind", has hallucinations, opens fire at airpost killing 5, wounding 8.
Violent Deaths in Georgia, 2008-2012 — (Georgia Violent Death Reporting System)
SSRI Ed note: Suicide victims were disproportionately represented by military vets, antidepressants in blood of 42.1 % of those tested. No way to know about withdrawal.
Soldier who killed 5 Dallas Police Officers showed PTSD symptoms, documents show — (The Los Angeles Times)
SSRI Ed note: Afghanistan vet suffers PTSD, V.A. prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety meds, he shoots and kills 5 police officers.
Gavin Long said he suffered from PTSD, source tells CNN — (CNN)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran, awarded Marine Corps Good Conduct and other medals, had PTSD, was on at least 3 psychoactive meds when he shot 6 police, killing 3, in Baton Rouge.
Chelsea Manning ‘rushed to hospital after trying to take own life’ — (MSN)
SSRI Ed note: Private held in isolation on suspicion of leaking information, sentenced to 35 years, changes gender, fed antidepressants, attempts suicide.
HPD: Suspect fired 212 rounds during mass shooting — (ABC Eyewitness News 13)
SSRI Ed note: Army vet "battling depression" with no history of problems becomes psychotic, shoots and kills man, fires 212 rounds, is shot and killed by police. Why?
Veteran’s suicidal past wasn’t known when police put him in cell, inquiry hears — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Afghanistan veteran, 27, placed on antidepressants and neuroleptics, becomes suicidal and abuses alcohol, commits suicide. Connection officially ignored.
 An Ex-Marine Killed Two People in Cold Blood. Should His PTSD Keep Him From Death Row? — (Mother Jones)
SSRI Ed note: Former marine on antidepressants feels like he is in a game (detachment), shoots, kills estranged girlfriend and her brother, calls 911. PTSD blamed.
The Unremembered — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Four suicides, three soldiers known to be on antidepressants and other meds. The Canadian military still refuses to connect the antidepressant-suicide dots.
Soldier in highrise murder-suicide suffered from PTSD, obituary says — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran treated for PTSD, "ecstatic" to have fallen in love and married, inexplicably dies with pregnant bride in murder-suicide.
Judge says he doesn’t believe defendant intended to kill wife — (Kentucky New Era)
SSRI Ed note: Wife in antidepressant withdrawal goads husband to shoot her.
Report: Veteran Mental Health Ignored in Capital Cases — (The Texas Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: 5 war vets who killed people, good service records, no history of violence, executed in Texas. PTSD a factor, treatment records absent or "unavailable".
Testimony focuses on drug use in Buendia attempted murder trial — (Bay News 9)
SSRI Ed note: Man on 13 drugs charged with attempted murder
In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another — (The New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran's Affairs continues to push drugs, ignoring increased suicide risk
Man who killed son, fiancee suffered pain that ‘broke him,’ mother says — (Deseret News)
SSRI Ed note: "Kind", "good" army veteran being treated for PTSD wakes wife one night threatening to kill whole family, a year later does exactly that. No motive,
The Secret Service scandals, explained — (VOX Politics)
SSRI Ed note: Troubled vet on antidepressants becomes increasingly paranoid,fstand tried to scale White House fence with a knife.
Police Killing of Unarmed Georgia Man Leaves Another Town in Disbelief — (New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Police kill "calm and friendly" Air Force veteran being treated by Dept of Veteran's Affairs and having trouble with his medication.
Military will publish response to suicide probe — (Toronto Star)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier on Venlafaxine/Effexor, gabapentin, Quetiapine, Zopiclone + olanzapine changes, dies by suicide. Cdn Military conducts probe, misses obvious cause.
No Charges Filed Against LAPD Officers Who Fatally Shot Oceanside Man — (KPBS)
SSRI Ed note: Following car chase, police shoot, kill a vet on antidepressants as he exits his vehicle, continue shooting after he falls, killing him on live tv. No charges.
VA responsible for vet’s suicide — (Military Times)
SSRI Ed note: Veterans Affairs continues to use combinations of SSRIs and neuroleptics to treat PTSD despite the many suicides that result.
Pennsylvania ex-Marine shot ex-wife, ‘chopped’ her family, poisoned himself: autopsies — (New York Daily News)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Trazodone, Risperidone and other medication, in custody dispute, kills ex-wife, 5 of her relatives and himself.
Michael Lowery Found Guilty For The Murder of His Wife: Ariana Lubelli Reports — (KRBC)
SSRI Ed note: Man claims his wife committed suicide, convicted of her murder on circumstantial evidence.
Lawton police shooting justified; man answered door with a gun — (The Oklahoman)
SSRI Ed note: Decorated army veteran calls police about vandals in his driveway, tells them he has a gun, they arrive and kill him. D.A. decides shooting justified.
Nick Cutter’s Death Exposes Neglect Scandal at Miami VA Hospital — (Miami New Times)
Whitewash from the Outset, the Fort Hood Shootings April 2, 2014 — (Donald J. Farber, Attorney at Law); Army Report: Fort Hood Mass Shooter Ivan Lopez on Psychotropic Cocktail of Celexa, Wellbutrin, Ambien, Lunesta
SSRI Ed note: Lawyer and expert who testified before House of Representatives, at FDA public hearings exposes cover-up of SSRI effects by military brass.
Dad Of Fort Hood Shooter Says Son ‘Must Not Have Been In Right Mind’ — (Huffington Post)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier on meds including Celexa, Wellbutrin, Ambien, and Lunesta goes on shooting spree, killing 3 and injuring 16. Family speculates that recent deaths responsible.
Defence says side effects from smoke meds caused outburst — (Winnipeg Sun)
Ronald Anderson's family calls for improved PTSD treatment — (CBC News)
Court told of former US Army captain’s violent relationship with girlfriend which led to jail — (GetReading)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on antidepressants attacks PTSD vet with broken bottle, stabs teddy bear, he (probably also on meds) throws her off balcony, fractures her skull.
A Troubled Marine’s Final Fight — (TIME)
Dad describes son’s suicide — (The Tribune Chronicle)
SSRI Ed note: Iraq Vet, on Valium, Percocet, Paxil - dose increased 4 times - for PTSD, pain, shoots & kills himself in front of Dad. Care criticized, Paxil not a suspect.
Colonel who was Bosnia and Kosovo veteran shot himself dead after becoming overwhelmed with Army workload following defence cuts — (Daily Mail)
Soldier Discovered Fiancee’s Body When He Came Home From Afghanistan After She Hanged Herself While Suffering Postnatal Depression — (Daily Mail Online)
Missing man’s plane found at airport, wrecked with his body on board — (The Post and Courier)
Investigating a military suicide when it's your son — (Aljazeera America)
Racist bullies drove Army recruit to TWICE try to kill himself during vicious campaign of harassment — (Daily Mirror)
Navy Yard shooter was defense contractor; 13 killed in rampage — (Associated Press)
SSRI Ed note: Man taking Trazodone prescribed by Veteran's Affairs goes on shooting rampage killing 13 people, including himself. No motive identified.
CARLISLE MAN’S BODY FOUND A MONTH AFTER HE DIED — (News & Star)
Police: Fear of losing guns led Granville man to fire at police — (The Post Star)
Widow's push for awareness after ex-Notts soldier's suicide — (Nottingham Post)
Evidence of Mansfield soldier’s suicide ‘not sufficiently clear’ — (CHAD)
New DoD Report Details Nightmare Leading to Gitmo Detainee’s Death — (The Dissenter)
In the Crosshairs: Chris Kyle, a decorated sniper, tried to help a troubled veteran. The result was tragic — (The New Yorker)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran on prescription drug cocktail including antidepressants shoots American hero.
Unsaid Issue Behind Veteran’s Rising Suicide Rate Is Shame Based Guilt — (Veterans Today)