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ANOTHER VA SUICIDE: Marine Corps Veteran Shoots Self at Florida VA Hospital

Suicide at Florida VA Hospital Reveals Pain Among Veterans

by Howard Altman
The Tampa Tribune, Aug. 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Ever since leaving the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, Marine Corps veteran Gerhard Reitmann struggled with the horrific memories of the things he did and saw. 147 more words



For so long I never understood PTSD or mental illness. I had blinders on and never thought I would some day live with these struggles. None of us decide that we want depression, PTSD or any other mental illness but when realize that we will never be the same we have to learn to cope and not let it take over us. 176 more words

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          My mother was the first trailblazing woman I ever knew. In 1967 she joined the Army and was a secretary for General Westmoreland in the Pentagon during the Vietnam war and in 1973, when I was two, she was the first woman accepted for officer candidate school in the Florida National Guard, where she served as a recruiter for three years. 950 more words


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